|Being the over-packer that I am, I was amazed to find I could fit everything in here.|
|Apparently I have a small obsession with trees whenever my camera is in hand as you will come to see later on in this post. So just ignore that fact and look at how amazing this tree really is!|
|Loved the door|
|The palm trees were intermixed among larger trees|
|Yeah I know, another tree. 500 more to go.|
What happened next was truly amazing. Have you ever seen so much leopard in your life?? Everything, I repeat, EVERYTHING was covered in leopard. Even the outline of the TV in the living room was leopard print.
|My bed- pay close attention to all the detail... we even have leopard print on the walls|
|My bed again|
|This is what we looked like when we would crawl into our beds.|
Our second, and last, day in Taipei we woke up early and headed out to visit the famous Taipei 101. This building used to be the tallest one in the world, until the building in Dubai (not sure of the name of it off hand) was built and surpassed it. The elevator ride to the highest viewing point, the 89th floor, took about 40 seconds to complete. On the way up and the way back down, you had to continuously pop your ears whilst staring up at the glistening stars on the roof of the elevator in place for dramatic effect. It blew my mind to see an elevator travel so quickly and smoothly.
|From the bottom|
|This is the the inside side of the elevator. It shows your speed and how many floors you have traveled.|
|The humidity is really taking a toll :)|
|From the top|
|The greenery still astounds me. It is so beautiful!|
|The wind damper held up by such massive cords.|
Later that evening, we got the opportunity to go to the Taipei LDS temple. It was beautiful and felt so good to be there. Taipei is your typical city environment, full of traffic and people. I love how you can be walking along busy streets with tall buildings and then turn a corner and suddenly the temple is right there in front of you. This is exactly what we saw after turning the corner.
|This was taken at the visitors center in the gorge, which was the first stop on our tour.|
|I LOVED the stone path. I want one.|
|We had to wear hard helmets for a portion of the journey. You know, just in case of rock slides. If this didn't set off a small state of worry, then I don't know what else will.|
|I could stare at this water all day. Isn't it beautiful?|
|These are the tunnels our bus would go through. It's a little surreal to be traveling through a huge mountain.|
|On one of the short hikes.|
|King Kong's terrain|
|Off to the right was one of the temples. I don't have any pictures of it though. Apparently, the greenery was much more interesting to me.|
|Orchids grow out of the trees are here. Love it!|
|Someone said this was a shrine, but I'm not sure if it really was. It was 286 steps from the bottom where our bus dropped us off, to the top of the "shrine". Atop this was the highest point in the gorge we ever reached. The view was spectacular.|
|View from the top|
|View from the top again|
I feel like these pictures do not do justice. The entire canyon is made out of granite and marble. All the rocks you see in the pictures are not just ordinary rocks. They too are mostly marble. I've decided that Hualien should be on everyone's bucket list.
Our trip ended with a 5.5 hour train ride (we love trains), 2.5 hours of it we got to stand in the cattle corral with other passengers who were not able to get seats. I didn't mind this because it is all part of the experience and makes for some great memories.
Sorry if this post seems short and choppy. There was so much to write about and not nearly enough time to do it all. Hopefully you were still able to experience some of it with me. Life is great and I am loving what I am doing here! Tomorrow through the rest of the weekend we will be in Kenting, the southern part of Taiwan known for the sun and ocean. The beach will be my company for the next few days, definitely my happy spot. This is what it looked like from our train ride home last weekend: