Guanshan is one of the biggest towns between Taitung City and Hualien City. It's around an hour north from where I live. 關山是台東市與花蓮市間的其中一個大城鎮. 從我家到關山開車要一小時左右.
What's the name of this place? I don't remember. I think it used to be Hong Shr (Red Rock) Elementary School, but like many schools in that area it closed down for lack of students. Now it's sort of a "base camp" for mountaineering activities. 這個地方叫甚麼名字? 我忘了. 好像是以前的紅石國小, 可是後來跟很多地區學校一樣, 學生人數太少關門了. 現在是 "面山學校."
This is the Hong Shr Forest Trail, which lies behind the former school. This trail goes DEEP into the mountains, much farther than I was prepared to walk at 2 pm on a (hot) Friday. I'd like to come back here some time and investigate further. 這是學校後面的紅石林道. 這條步道很長, 只是我沒準備禮拜五下午二點的時候走入深林裡, 我應該改天再來走吧!
This is the view from about 10 minutes up. In the foreground is the town (village?) of Hong Shr. In the middle is downtown Guanshan. 往上走十分鐘之後看到的風景. 紅石部落在下面, 在照片中央的是關山市區.
And this is the other side of that same valley, near the Dian Guang (Electric Light) Village. 在山谷另外一邊的電光部落.
Rice is the big crop on this side of the river. On the other side of the river they raise a lot of pigs. Guanshan can smell pretty rough when the wind is blowing through the pig farms. 關山大部分的農民種米. 河的另外一邊養豬. 關山市區因為風向的關係有時很臭!
As you can see, the clouds were looking very dramatic. It's very quiet here, and also a good area for bicycling. 在這附近的雲看起來很酷! 是個適合騎單車的好地方.
I know tourists love Mr. Brown Boulevard in Chr Shang, but there are many places in Guanshan that look almost identical. The valley around Chr Shang is a little wider, but that's about it. 我知道觀光客超愛池上的伯郎大道, 可是關山也有很多一樣的地方. 只是池上附近的山谷寬了一點而已.
A trek further up the Hong Shr Forest Trail would have taken me straight up into those clouds. Ah well, another day... 再往紅石林道裡面走一點就到雲裡了. 可惜... 改天再來吧!
Definitely a good place to think. 真是一個適合思考的地方.
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