If you're travelling south on Highway 11, eventually you'll come to a sign announcing Jer Ben, just before the bridge that crosses the Jer Ben River. If you take a left before the bridge, you'll wind up in a weird "no man's land" near the ocean. The Taitung County Government wants to build a solar power facility in this area, though I couldn't see any signs of construction. 台11線往南, 你會看到知本的標示牌. 這個路牌在還沒過知本溪的那座橋前面. 如果你在橋前左轉的話, 你會來到一個靠海的奇怪且無主的空地. 台東縣政府有在這裡蓋太陽能發電設施的計畫, 可是我在這裡沒有看到什麼工程標示牌.
Jer Ben also has its own train station, though the station is far from where most people in Jer Ben actually live. This picture is looking north, towards Taitung City. 知本也有火車站, 可是火車站離市區有點遠. 這張照片朝北邊往台東市看的.
Turning right off Highway 11, you head up a hill into "downtown" Jer Ben. The only noteworthy thing on this road is the Hei Song Goat Pot restaurant, which is pretty good. But of course it's summer now, and who wants to eat goat pot when it's so hot? 離開台11線右轉就是往知本市區. 這條路上唯一值得注意的只有好吃的黑松羊肉爐. 可是炎熱的夏天來臨時誰想吃羊肉爐?
Finding the hot springs the first time can be tricky, but if you see this 7-11, you know you're headed in the right direction. See that blue truck? The hot springs are up that road. 很多人第一次找溫泉區的時候就迷路了. 但是看到這家Seven的時候, 你就知道你走對方向了. 看到藍色的卡車嗎? 去溫泉就往那條路走.
There are more forested areas as you approach the hot springs. Watch out for snakes! 溫泉區的森林地比較大. 小心蛇!
This entire complex is for rent. I'm sure they want a ridiculous amount of money for it, but I can't imagine a cooler place to live. The parties would be epic! 這個地方出租. 應該要不少錢, 我覺得住在這裡應該很棒. 可以舉辦最好的party.
And this is the view from their front porch. 這是他們看台上的風景.
There's some light farming going on in the hills around here, but nothing as extensive as you'd see in Tai Ma Li Township, to the south. 在山坡上有些農夫種菜, 可是這裡的農地比南邊的太麻里小很多.
This is the hot spring area, on the Jer Ben River. At the other end of this valley is the Jer Ben Forest Recreation Area. 這是知本溪上的溫泉區. 山谷的另外一邊是知本森林遊樂區.
They've been digging up the river bed quite a bit. The ducks love it here. 他們一直在挖知本溪的河床. 附近的鴨子很喜歡.
Looking the other way, toward the ocean. The river mouth is where Highway 11 merges into Highway 9. This is also the boundary between Taitung City and Tai Ma Li Township. 往海的方向看. 這是溪口, 也是台11線和台9線連接的地方. 這裡也是台東市和太麻里鄉的邊界.
One of Tu Di Gong (the "Earth God")'s many temples. 土地公廟.
Further up the valley. The Royal Formosa, Dong Tai, and A Ya Wang hot springs are all further up the left bank. 往山谷走. 老爺, 東台和ㄚ一ㄚ旺溫泉都在左邊的溪岸.
Highway 9, on the way back home. The Pacific Ocean is just beyond the trees. It was a hot, hot day, and I have the sunburn to prove it. 回家路上的台9線. 太平洋在樹林後面. 那一天的天氣很熱. 我都曬紅了!
Related Entries 相關的文章:
What's Going On In Taitung 台東最近發生的事 6
Taitung as a Religious Experience
A School for Rice and a Park for Water 米國學校跟親水公園
*Before I mentioned climbing into some abandoned building in Jer Ben and taking pictures. I drove down there but couldn't find a way in! Jer Ben, by the way, has a lot of cool abandoned buildings, none of which I was able to get into that particular day.