Pros: clean place, hiking trails,
Wu Je Shan (Five Finger Mountain), Taiwan
Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 20:07
Very few foreigners come to the Taipei area with out living in Taipei
first, and I feel most fortunate that I am one of them. Taipei is
a great city that I love to explore, but it is nice to escape the
noise and pollution every day. I live with Anita, Ryan, and my sister
Nelle on Wu Je Shan, which means Five Finger Mountain. Aside from
the cleanliness and quiet days, other benefits such as a community,
hiking trails, and beautiful scenery make coming home to the mountain
something that I will definitely miss when I go back to the States.
Among many inspirational literary works, the American conservationalist
John Muir wrote the following:
"Thousands of tired,
nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that
going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity;
and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as
fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."
I have enjoyed many halcyon hikes and serene sunrises since I've
had the advantage of living here. The past five nights have been
clear, so I have taken the opportunity to sleep outside on the balcony.
Every night, the stars have put me to sleep, and the sun has provided
my wake up call around six-thirty. I am dreading the typhoon that
is coming our way!! I wish I could sleep outside every day!!
To my family and friends embarking and concluding your adventures
of the beach, Bonnaroo, and many others, I want you to know that
I miss and love you all! When I go to the beaches here, I always
think of my family and the good times that I am missing this year.
All of the little cousins are growing so beautifully and I look
forward to photos! When I hear live music, or even my own music
in my stereo, I often think of my friends who are enjoying a summer
of live music and unforgettable trips! I can't wait to share with
all of you guys when I disembark this adventure of mine.
I love you all!