My housemate Diva often asks me if I want to go for a hike in the mountains with her, and for once I decided to ignore my injuries and get out there — the weather was perfect, and the construction works outside my window were most definitely NOT conducive to a peaceful, happy afternoon.
Before our hike, we lunched on mini-pancakes, made by Diva:
Good old Taipei 101 on the horizon as usual. Diva snapped this picture of me and I think it’s really nice — second time in one day that my camera has done well by me!
We had lots of encounters with dogs (and a couple of cats). At one point we were walking through a vaguely farmed bit of mountain and suddenly a huge black dog came after us, barking and dragging a chain behind it. Diva and I had the same reflex — both turned towards him and began yelling, stamping and waving our arms. My heart was in my mouth for a couple of seconds but then when Diva through her water bottle at him and our torrent of abuse got louder, he beat a shamefaced retreat. Exciting!
No picture of that dog, but here are a few of the others I encountered on the hike:
I have to admit the hike was not great for my knees. There were a lot of steep steps both up and down, and I had to resort to going down them backwards after a while, which looked ri-di-cu-lous. But it was good to spend a couple of hours outside in the most perfect weather! Thanks Diva!