Taroko Gorge

I don't know quite how to say it without sounding overly hyperbolic, but Taroko Gorge is pretty much the coolest thing I've ever seen. There's no way that my pictures will do any sort of justice, so you'll just have to take my word for it*.

I rented a scooter* in Hualien (where I've been staying the last couple days) and scooted the 20 or so miles out to the entrance of Taroko National Park. (Being back on a scooter in the land of scooters was quite a feeling, but I'll have to address that another time.) Right from the park entrance, I knew it was going to be a good day. The road twisted and turned through tunnels and over bridges. Every other km there was a pull out for some new spectacular view.

In addition to a great drive on an amazing road, I got in a nice little* hike. Again with the tunnels and bridges, but this time only for hikers. It is amazing how much effort obviously went into creating and maintaining these trails.

If I could do it again, I would plan on staying (maybe camping) up the gorge to have more time to explore and simply marvel at it all. But so it goes... I really shouldn't complain.
Wednesday February 25 2009File under: travel, Taiwan

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on Wed 25th Feb, 2009 03:11 pm PST Saxtor said:
Woah, that place looks awesome!
on Wed 25th Feb, 2009 04:13 pm PST Juline said:
I love the convex mirror shot. The place looks deserted. And beautiful.
on Wed 25th Feb, 2009 08:35 pm PST Andrew said:
It does indeed, rule. Great place! Glad you made it!
on Wed 25th Feb, 2009 09:02 pm PST Sarah F said:
wow! that's amazing. i never would have imagined there was such a place in Taiwan.
on Thu 26th Feb, 2009 12:28 am PST Joe said:
great pix. I especially love the action shot of you walking. you're like les stroud, survivorman, having to set up your own shots and then capture yourself in the action. awesome. u have such vision! i know you saw that ledge and thought, "i can get an action shot here!" :-) good stuff wren
on Thu 26th Feb, 2009 02:50 pm PST Deneva said:
Looks amazing! ...trying to remember my exact reasoning for choosing Spokane over Taiwan ;)
on Mon 02nd Mar, 2009 05:29 am PST Wren said:
Joe, I love the idea of me as survivor man, at least in respect to setting up the shots. Now everytime I use the timer on my camera, I think of that. Good times.

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