December 28th, 2014
Taiwan’s government called for a national work day on Saturday, December 27th. What this meant for me was having to go to work on Saturday to teach three classes. While this may seem strange, and kind of annoying, it was actually beneficial because we then get New Years Day off of work, making our New Years break a four-day weekend (wooohooo!).
So in order to enjoy my Sunday off I slept in and then met up with Kristen so that she could show me a road near Fengyuan that has brown signs on it. Brown signs are an awesome thing in Taiwan! They point you in the direction of all these landmarks, touristy things you can do, or cool stuff to look at. I wanted to know where these brown signs were so that if there was a weekend where I just wanted to explore I could just go follow some brown signs.
Kristen and I drove for about twenty minutes when we stopped at a brown sign. This sign was directing us to Lover’s Bridge. Just a simple bridge, but when you walked past the bridge and along the crosswalk you come up to a random, small petting zoo. I don’t actually know if it was a petting zoo, but there was an emu, tortoise, several rabbits and guinea pigs all just walking and hopping around this large pen. There were also some horses in a pen and pigs in another. To enter the pen you pay 50NT (1.60USD). We also received a small bag of carrots too. While waiting to decide whether we were going to enter the very muddy pen Kristen spent some time talking to a Taiwanese parrot. It was pretty cute! However random it was to have this “petting zoo” by Lover’s Bridge I did not care. I grew up on a farm so being able to see animals every now and then gives me a homey feeling.
Once we finished our little animal tour we started walking/hiking up the mountain. The main goal of going up the mountain was to see another weird petting zoo that Kristen had gone to before, but instead we just ended up wandering around and not finding it. On the top of this mountain there was a strange training camp. We also saw a huge old tree. If only I was a monkey! That would have been such a cool tree to climb, but it is not allowed, of course. While walking we found a Confucius temple and a house that looked like a beautiful Western home. There were plenty of different orchards around the mountain too. At one point we did walk around this place that had dogs, a monkey, and some geese, but it wasn’t the same weird petting zoo that Kristen had been talking about.
After awhile we figured that it was probably time to walk back down the mountain. Very carefully we did this as it had been raining all week so the path was muddy and still damp.
Tired and hungry Kristen and I went back into Fengyuan where we stopped at several places before we finally found a restaurant that would serve us at 4:30pm. I thoroughly enjoyed my pumpkin soup since I was both damp and cold.
I can’t wait to follow more brown signs.