Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
54Trip End Sep 01, 2011
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We quickly found a guesthouse once we arrived. We had planned to visit the Tourist Information Building to view our choices; however, the building was closed for renovations....it would have been nice of them to note this on their website...lol. A few people drove up to us on scooters asking if we needed a place to stay, so it wasn't long before we found one. We rented a scooter and toured the island, in the dark, on our first night. The drive was spectacular in the dark, the island has somewhat of a glow to it in the moonlight. We found the Saltwater Hot Springs (one of three in the world), took a dip and relaxed. Around 8pm, we got hungry and decided to head back to town for supper....GULP!!...everything was closed
Saturday morning, we woke early and started on the 18km road around the island! It actually took us the WHOLE day! haha. Of course, with our curiosity, we stopped everywhere we could. There is a nice campground there (it was also closed), we stopped at the hot springs again because the natural ones, right off the ocean, were open, we found some other areas to trek through, climbed some hills and found a wonderful viewpoint. The waters were Kool-Aid blue...nothing I've ever seen before! We also saw the largest fish (the size of a large shark) washed up on the rocks, ran into some weird goats, and welcomed our sunburns! (unexpected of course)...lol. We made sure to be back in town before 6pm, as we didn't want to get stuck with another 7-11 dinner!
On Sunday, we checked out the Ancient cross island trail, bought our ferry tickets (flights were booked up), took a couple Gravol to be sure to survive the torturous ferry ride, went to the wrong ferry dock (again, waiting to the last minute before boarding time), panicked to find the right ferry dock, searched the ferry to find the seats with the least puke on them, ate lunch (not sure why I would eat lunch right before a ferry ride infamous for making its' passengers seasick), luckily passed out from the Gravol, and woke up when we got there! Jay stayed awake for the whole ride. The ferry ride was insane, rocking so much that you couldn't even stand up without holding onto the railings! I don't know how he didn't get sick!!
We returned to Hualien to start packing our things to ship home!!