|Tiatung City Market|
|Bags of dried fish and shrimp|
|I "HEART" Taiwan|
|Kate trying on a traditional hat|
|Local vegetable dealer|
After our walk around the city and a quick lunch we headed inland on Highway 9 to the Luye Plateau in the East Rift Valley. Here our plan was to go paragliding, but alas Mother Nature (in the form of Typhoon Megi) said it wasn’t to be. The winds had changed and we were unable to take off. Instead we drove down to another area of the plateau, Gautai, and went grass boarding. If you’ve never been or don’t know what grass boarding is, you are missing out. Basically you sit in a modified toboggan at the top of a large grassy hill. The toboggan has wheels on the underneath of it. You wet the wheels and then get a great big push from behind and off you go, hurtling down the side of said hill with nothing but some highly modified plastic between you and a good case of grass-burn. (I’d love to see Tide could get those stains out.) I’m proud to say that I am the reigning Champion of the Luye Gautai Grass Boarding October 2010 Tournament. Of course it didn’t hurt that I had a few extra pounds on my competitors to keep the momentum up.
|Myself, Kate and Bev getting ready to grassboard|
|The large green field is the hangliding landing area. |
It did have a "HEART" etched into the crop but the last typhoon destroyed it.
|Views from the gliding departure point.|
|Local crops, farms and tea plantations|
The views from the Luye Plateau are amazing. Words don’t really do it justice. The weather was bright, sunny and warm. The birds were singing so loud you could barely hear yourself think and below you lay the entire valley of patchwork fields. The