北插天山 is one of Taiwanese hikers's favorite training routes in Northern Taiwan. Before hikers take the challenges of 台灣百岳 (The Top 100 Mountains of Taiwan), hikers train themself by taking the route of 北插天山 to build up their physical strength. And it is also a popular route for those who love to yellow forests. In every December, a lot of visitors hike to 北插天山 to see beech forests. Their leaves dye the forests with their yellow leaves. The beautiful scenary is always breath-taking. (Note 1)
We started the hike at Full Moon Park (滿月圓 Man-yue-yuan). Unfortunately, I was terribly out of fit and suffered from motion sickness, I I knew myself well that I was incapable of finishing the hike, so I told Robert and Chris that I decided to stay in Full Moon Park, enjoying the beautiful afternoon. (Note 2)
I like Full Moon Park very much. The pathes there are well-maintained, and the forests there are lush and provide good shade.
When we were in the Full Moon Park, we saw several hikers with heavy backpacks, it was obvious that they were heading to 北插天山.
Caption: Kitty energeticlly climbed up
The day was very nice, I love the scene that sunlight shining through the leaves.
I picked up a lot of cute nuts as I walked in the park. I felt very relaxed and appreciated the natural wonders.
I usually can't spend a lot of time taking pictures when I hike in the forest. But I had plenty of time exploring my camera's functions with which I am familar. I like to take pictures of natural objects that sunlight makes them shining. I love this shining flower of hibiscus (木堇). (Note 3)
When I strolled in the park, I enountered a lot of Taiwanese hikers. Most of them were friendly and told me a lot of stories happened to them when they hiked along the route to 北插天山. It's really great to learn from their experiences. I saw this strange stem full of fungi and took few pictures of it. When I was taking pictures and thinking if they were precious 靈芝 (Ling-zi, Ganoderma), a couple of hikers walked to me and said: " Wow! That's 靈芝! You should bring them house." (Note 4)
This was the set meal I had after the hiking event. Nice bread and great goulash, and I love the blueberry pie!
On our way home, we had pleasant talks about various perspectives. Chris recited a peom in the car and I was very touched by the poem.
I didn't know the poem's title and who it's author is. Chris told me its title and author afterwards. It's Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ozymandias.
Percy Bysshe Shelley 's OZYMANDIAS
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"Nothing beside remains: round the decay. Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,The lone and level sands stretch far away."
Nothing lasts forever and ever. It's sarcastic and sad.
But I was very content with the day I had, it's a great day.
Note 2: I didn't complete the route to 威赫神木群，but Chris's blog gives details of the hike. http://bubbhainasia.blogspot.com/2008/11/hike-to-big-trees.html
Note 3: Hibiscus 木堇 in WIKIPEDIA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus
Note 4: Lingzhi in WIKIPEDIA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingzhi
Note 5: Bird Nest Fern is 鳥巢厥 (Niao-chao-jue) in Chinese, and it's also called 山蘇 (Shan-su) . Katannya taught me its scientific name few times, but it's Latin, I couldn't memerize it well. I think it probably is Asplenium nidus.
Note 6: Patio 28's address is 台北縣三峽鎮愛國路2-8號1樓 (No. 2-8, Ai-guo Rd., Sanxia, Taipei Country) and its telphone number is 886-2-86719323. Mondays closed