Before my sister-in-law returning to the United States, we promised her that we would take her Taiwan jade hunting. Also our friend in Hualien knew she was in Taiwan and insisted to invite her to Hualien for dinner. So we planed a 3 day 2 night trip to Hualien, 4 days prior to their flight departure back to Wisconsin.
When my husband asked his sister "when would you guys prefer to leave the next morning?" They said "8:15-ish." I learned the new word quickly and liked this answer very much. I hoped my husband would take my **-ish opinion in the future. Ish means aound 15 minutes after 8. It could be earlier or will probable be later.
|The view from Chingjing looked at Wushe Township|
|From our stop looking back towards the highway:|
Hehuan main peak, highway No14, and high mountain bamboo grass.
|We arrived at the Hehuan lodge area.|
The sky started to change its pattern.
|What do you see in this photo?|
|Awaiting for the road to be opened|
There was a gigantic rock blocking the road. A lot of cars were waiting for it to be cleared. Everyone was asked to go back to their vehicles because in fifteen minutes they were going to blow up the rock with dynamite. I worried if the big explosion would cause more landslides or falling rocks? It was a scary and quite interesting experience to me.
|At our friend's B&B|
|After rain, snails came out and crawled on the road.|
We worried about driving over and killing them.
|Looking for the Taiwan jade in the Baibao river.|
The weather was not warm and the river was a little bit higher than normal. But it was not really a problem to play in the water. The only thing we were afraid of was the river temperature. Well, I had to be brave to test the temperature since I was the youngest in our group. I was not sure if it was nice to be young at this point. Sure, the temperature was cold but it was alright after my feet were in the water for a while.
|A group of visitors were from Singapore.|
|Driving through the water|
|Water on Rocks|
I decided to walk across the river since my pants were already wet. The deepest water I walked in reached up to my knees so my pants were soaked.
|Enjoying interacting with the locals|
|Polishing the jade|
|Don't forget your lovely wife was behind.|