As many of you have probably already seen on my Facebook page, I went white water rafting and water trekking while visiting Hualien. What you don’t know is that it was actually gray water sinking and slippery rock sliding.
Day 17: White “Gray” Water Rafting
Due to the typhoon that hit Taiwan last week, the sand from the mountains washed into the river we were in, thus turning the water gray. Luckily, it didn’t smell bad. It just felt dirty. You may be wondering why I was able to feel that it was dirty. Well, our raft had holes on the bottom of it which allowed tons of water to seep in. The entire trip, which took about 4 hours to complete, we were slowly sinking. The tiny buckets they gave us to bail out the water was almost comical. None of the other rafts had holes in the bottoms, just ours. Being the competitive Americans that we are, we wanted to be in the front of all the other rafts. So, we not only had to paddle ourselves but our water filled raft into “first” place. [Side note: I should probably do pushups more often] Even though we were slowly sinking and the motor boat lifeguards kept hitting us [to either keep us away from the rocks or slow us down], we had fun on this adventure.
After this we went back to the bed and breakfast we were staying at to get cleaned up. At 7pm we went to the night market to get dinner. I got corn on the cob, sweet potato puffs, spicy noodles, and a black sugar bubble milk. When we got back to the B&B I was super tired and ready for bed. Greta told us that we needed to be ready to go water trekking at 8am the next morning.
Day 18: Water Trekking
Water Trekking in the mountains was absolutely beautiful. The water was a crystal clear blue color and was nice and cool. When we got to there they gave us wetsuits, water shoes, life vest, and helmets to wear. There were 4 guides that helped us navigate the rocks and currents. [Check out the facebook album with all the pics] At the top of the trek there was a cliff that we could jump off. I wish I could say that I fearlessly jumped, but that would be a lie. I told the guide to just push me off when I couldn’t jump myself [check out the video on FB]. For lunch, they made us noodle soup and we ate by the water; one of the guides brought up the supplies and ingredients in his backpack. On the way back down, I was feeling a little too confident in my trekking abilities. I tried to leap from one large rock to the next, they were only about 3 feet apart but didn’t account for the rock being slippery. This was a mistake. I’m shin hit the rock and then I slid down it, owie. It’s a good thing that it wasn’t a far jump and I hesitated enough that I wasn’t moving very fast. I don’t think I even got a bruise from this.
At the night market in Hualien, there was a summer music festival going on. Both nights we went to see some of the performances. The first night we were right up front for the end portion of the show, the second night we went early to get seats for all the performances. Some of the groups we saw were A’N’D, Gentleman, and Spexial. During both nights the mayor of Hualien was presented on stage, and even sang with one of the performers. He also passed out glow wands to some of the audience, and Greta was very excited to be one of the people who got one.
Here is Emily, Greta’s niece, and I the first night up front.
This was our view the second night when we got seats.
Thanks for following me in Taiwan. Sorry that I’ve been absent for the past week! I had some class work that took a lot of my time. I promise to continue catching them up!! This weekend we will be taking a trip to Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, so I will try to vlog part of it so you can see. But for now, goodnight from Grace in Taiwan.