Detour adventures

Last weekend, me and Yini visited her parents; as we do this often enough, I normally don’t write about it, but this time was somewhat different.

We left home on Saturday afternoon, and headed south along the highway. Around Sanyi we left the highway and followed some fairly small roads out into rural Taiwan. A short while later we came to a place called Zuolan, which does not look like much to the world, however I found it could well be worth a visit, at least if you are passing by the area.

Stopping by the side or a small road, we walked out in the fields towards a mountain range in the background until we came upon a simple fence at the edge of a cliff. This place is actually a kind of gorge made from dried mud rocks, with a small river at the bottom.

Most people stay by the fence, take a few photos then leave but we walked a bit further until the fence ended and the whole expanse of cliffs and dried mud lay before us.

We spent the better part of an hour scampering around in this moon like landscape, devoid of anything except some driftwood logs and a few shriveled plants. I really like this kind of barren beauty and the sense of adventure it imbues in me, urging me to clamber over rocks and jump across chasms.

initial view from the road

The main gorge


A small pond

Yini looking out over the gorge

Driftwood and exploring Yini

Moon landscape love

As it started getting dark, we got back on the road, went to Yinis parents. The rest of the weekend was nice but uneventful.

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