Adventures living as expats.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Weekend Getaway to Yangmingshan

Jeff had a 4 day weekend so we loaded up the van and headed out on our first road trip with baby Hux.  Yangmingshan is a national park in the Northeast of Taiwan with beautiful forests and mountain peaks.  We booked a "family friendly" hotel close to the park that had onsite hot springs and a few restaurants to make evenings more convenient.  Jeff saved the weekend by remembering the crib as we were about to leave the parking garage and ran back to our apartment to grab it.  The drive went smoothly and Hux managed to sleep almost the entire way.  On our first night we relaxed, walked around the hotel grounds, and took a dip in the hot springs - our first time in Taiwan!

Thank you Hux for napping nearby while Mom and Dad soaked in the springs
Beautiful sunset and cherry blossoms from the deck at the hotel
Loved the robes the hotel provided! 
View from our hotel room
The next day we stuffed ourselves to capacity at the breakfast buffet - so many choices and of course we had to try them all.   We then headed into the park where we opted for a stroller friendly walk with beautiful views and lots of greenery for Hux to look at along the way.  
Views along the Erzihping Trail
Picnic area at the end of Erzihping Trail 
So happy to find a stroller friendly path
By the time we were done with our walk, we were starving so Jeff found us a local eatery where we managed to order enough food to feed a large family.  It was worth the wait and holiday traffic as the food was delicious!  We observed some regulars expertly bagging up a huge pot of soup in what looked like supermarket fruit bags hanging on the wall.  Afterwards we followed suit with our leftovers and had a lovely picnic for dinner later on.
Anxiously waiting for our smoked chicken and pork belly
Chicken foot 
Part of our spread 
Bag your own!
After our outing, we excitedly headed to the indoor swimming pool for Hux's first swim lesson.  He's turning into such a water baby and loved splashing around in the pool.
Is it possible to love this little cutie any more?
Everyone (even bald babies) must wear swim caps in Taiwan
On our way out of town the next morning we stopped at Yehliu Geopark which hosts unique geological formations.  It was a quick but fun stop and Jeff hit another dining home run on the way out with a local restaurant where we ordered a fish cooked in sea salt and seasoned with lots of garlic, ginger, and Chinese black beans.  It reminded me of my Dad's famous steamed fish which has very similar flavors.  
Tired but loving our getaway
Yehliu Geopark 
Handsome Gagatko boys
My best hairdo EVER!
Our trip finale was a stop at Fi and Dan's in Taipei.  They are always amazing hosts and spoiled us with French cheese, Australian BBQ, Fi-gronis, bubbles, wine, and lots of baby soothing for little Hux who caught a cold and was uncharacteristically cranky.

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