Waterfalls, Bruises and Olaf

Waterfalls

So the last few weeks I’ve been on several adventures that absolutely require some attention on my blog. Two weekends ago I went to a waterfall in Taiping with some friends and jumped off a cliff into a pool below the waterfall. Afterwards we chilled on some rocks enjoying the gorgeous weather while butterflies floated above our heads.

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so, I jumped from the rock on the right. looks crazy, and it was, but it was do able.

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….after jumping you had to climb back up (which was actually the craziest thing, ever)

Suffice it to say: my heart hasn’t felt like it was going to beat out of my chest like that in a while.

Bruises

I previously blogged about Hashing. After doing my first hash, I decided it would be a good idea to sign up for an All-Island event that encompasses a whole weekend- and involved 2-3 runs around Yilan county. Essentially a group of 80 people from all over Taiwan (and the world) got together and went on several adventure runs and partied. It was some kind of crazy; I have scratches and bruises literally all over my body. By far my favorite part was the runs because they were ridiculously beautiful.

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Holli and Andrew (from Taichung) Jake and I before run day 1!

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rockbed at the end of the first run

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running through farms!

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running on trails!

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I posted asking if any other Fulbrighters would want to join me and one did- Jake. Running through a river!

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During run 2

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Run 2! EEK! (Thankfully didn’t see any…)

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After two days on these trails…

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Saw my first monkey!

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We climbed up ladders…

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Waterfall at the end of the run! (Day 1)

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Struggling up a mountain…

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Crossing janky rivers

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View from on top of the mountain (run 2)

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View from on top of the mountain (run 2)

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Ran under bridges

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Repelled? down mountains. Ropes galore!

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This friendly bugger was on the second run. I ran right by him and didn’t notice.

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During the second run..

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Adventure run #2 or divergent? You tell me…

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At the end of run #2

Olaf

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Throughout the weekend one of the runners bopped around with Olaf (from Frozen…) Eventually persuaded him to give me his stuffed animal. Pure excitement.

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