Kaohsuing, Taiwan, April 2016. Today’s expedition, to go and hike around in the hills situated to the West. Accessible by taking the Metro to Aozihdi and stomping through a few neighborhoods until one reaches a trail path of which there are many, so I am informed.
Just a short ride to Aozihdi, probably could of hiked to there also, but a good idea to conserve some energy since its quite a hot day. So, with the help of google maps its a stomp through what looks like a redeveloped neighborhood with plenty of those apartment blocks filling up the skyline – quite smart actually, I’d say this is an upper class neighborhood. A nicely manicured city park, well kept and well used by the locals it seems. Yes, a smart coffee shop, some restaurants and a cafe constructed from cargo containers! The street lined with bonsai trees and school kids having exercise class.
Now I could take a short cut through another park or meander around it to find that trail, next to a Seven-Eleven store supposedly. I don’t mind cutting through this park, it looks pretty interesting, kind of wild with tracks forking off here and there. Something unusual floating in the sky, something pretty odd – a kite with long stretching tentacles, reaching out to the universe – and that’s as philosophical as this blog gets! Infact two kites now, both strikingly mystical gracing the sky. A quick hike over there to take a closer look.
Those kites are quite awesome and actually this parks looks pretty awesome too. Wild, natural with tracks and jungle paths, even a swamp. This is worth exploring for a while.
A cultural park according to the sign, well, I suppose one can see old-timers taking life easy under the trees! More of a nature trail I’d say and a pretty good one too. Nature photographers can find exotic birds here along with a few cool spiders and the worlds hairiest caterpillar. Overall, this city park is probably everything I wanted to see from a nature perspective although somewhat disappointed I didn’t spot a snake. And no time left for that planned hike in the hills, oh well, another time perhaps. Google Map.