When Nick’s dad came to visit us at the end of August, I knew we would have to take him to Hualien. The beautiful scenery and hiking trails of Taroko Gorge would be right down his ally. Since we had been to Taroko before, we believed we would be the perfect tour guides (going once makes you an expert, right?).
After meeting Mike [that’s Nick’s dad’s name (lots of ‘s there)] in Taipei, we all got on the plane for the short ride to Hualien where I made Nick sit next to a stinky guy. 🙂 Once we arrived, we got a taxi to our hotel, which was conveniently located near the train station where we could rent scooters! I was really excited because last time we toured Taroko Gorge, we took a taxi the first day, and the second day Nick drove us around on our scooter, but this time, I would be driving myself!!! After convincing the lady at the scooter shop that I did in fact know how to drive a scooter, we were off! After taking the Hualien off the beaten path tour, which was totally planned, 😉 we found on our way onto the highway that would take us to Taroko Gorge. I just have to tell you again how beautiful Taroko Gorge is! It’s one of those slap-in-the-face reminders that our Creator is an artist and has created this world to be a testament to who He is and for our enjoyment.
We really enjoyed seeing the Gorge and doing some hiking through a waterfall, but my real thrill was driving through Taroko on scooter. I felt like someone in a spy movie with all the twists and turns and ups and downs of the Gorge. I could just imagine that I was on a chase while trying to stop a terrorist from ending the world as we know it. Just call me 008! I know, I’m a nerd, but it can’t be helped. 😀 Life’s more fun that way!
Join us next time for Hualien 2.0 the final chapter: white water rafting!