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休息近兩年,我終於踏回我環遊行程。只是,範圍從地球五億一千萬平方公里縮小到「寶島」的三萬六千平方公里。鼓勵我的是網路上看到的這張驚豔美景。我決定去尋找福爾摩沙得到它花名的原因。

English version:

After being on hiatus for two slow unbearable years, I finally resume my travels. Except, my list has shrunken from the 500 million squared kilometers to the size of the 36 squared kilometers “ Formosa” island.
The image I found online of this gorgeous place is what inspired me to embark on this journey to find out how this island earned its “beautiful” name:

double heart stone taiwan
By Zeze0729 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1367715

三萬六千平方公里,果然不可小覷,儘管它在世界地圖上很難找尋,我們開車到花蓮卻耗費五個多小時。難受的不是長時間的車程,而是ㄧ個接一個的隧道五小時感覺像十二小時。夜晚的山路沒有路燈,殘編著實不建議夜行。

英文/ English:
Turns out, I underestimated 36k square miles. Formosa is not easy to spot on a world map, but it takes us about 5 long hours from Taipei to get to Hualian. It’s not the hours that make the journey long, but the tunnels after tunnels of winding roads. With claustrophobia, 5 hours feel more like 12. At night, there are no street lights in the mountains. I do not recommend driving at night.

 

半夜1:00抵達時,能訂到六層樓的整棟旅館歇腳無異是上天給坐累的屁屁的恩賜。從六層樓中挑一間我中意的房間可是個大工程。二樓「小小兵主題房」的吸引力,讓我懶得再看其他樓層。也許是託小小兵的福,兩年來我首度一覺到天明。

I pick a hotel for its accessibility but renting the whole 6- story building to ourselves is the best choice ever. Arriving at 1:00am tires even my “ash” out. Choosing a room from all 6 floors isn’t hard at all when the elevator takes me to each floor. I’m not an indecisive person, but the room with a Minion theme makes everything even easier. I don’t even have to bother to go check out the third floor and beyond. Maybe it’s the blessing from the minions, I sleep the night through for the first time in two years.

Minion-themed hotel room hua lian
Minion-themed hotel room

第二天:
能比太陽公公晚起床真幸福!
我們在用水管接出飲料的「廟口紅茶」用完早餐後就上路 (想在日落前回到台北)。
第一站自然是我嚮往已久的「雙心石滬」啦!但是實拍怎麼變成這樣:

English:
Day 2:
it feels so great to wake up after the sun. We have breakfast at Miaokou black tea where all drinks come out from a pipe.
We want to make it back before sunset to avoid night driving, so we hit the road right after breakfast. My destination, however, turned into this:

原來,我們在車裡五個小時的討論都在雞同鴨講。我想去的「雙心石滬」其實在澎湖啊!
誤打誤撞,這「石門班哨」景點勾起我夏威夷的記憶,值得了!

花蓮台灣東海岸車遊
花蓮台灣東海岸車遊

English:

It was a miscommunication between us. The attraction on my list is actually in Pong Hu, not in Hua Lian. And Pong Hu isn’t accessible by car. Maybe next time. I snap a few photos that remind me of Hawaii. I guess that makes it worthwhile.

第二站是「土地上的快樂」,台灣第三屆東海岸大地藝術節的諸展覽之一。其中用牛糞、稻草等材質所建的「光織屋」最令人印象深刻。

花蓮東海岸大地藝術節光織屋
花蓮東海岸大地藝術節
「光織屋」

English:

We stop by Joy of Land, where the 3rd Taiwan East Coast Land Art Festival is held with installation arts that combine the natural environment, geographic landscape, and spatial aesthetics of the East Coast National Scenic Area. The “shyt house” made with bamboo, cow’s shyt, and more is one that intrigued me.

第三站是「花蓮豐濱天空步道」(新豐隧道),據說步道是透明的,可以看到下方懸崖,不過他們不讓殘障走,哭哭。
Next stop is Fengbin, a skywalk on Xinfeng Tunnel that traverseses the cliff face and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. However, I’m not allowed admission due to my disability. Boo.

肚子餓時,唯有美式餐廳的慷慨份量能滿足我們,因此我們挑了火車頭烤肉餐廳,飽餐一頓才打道回府。

花蓮火車頭烤肉屋餐廳Hualien Salt Lick BBQ Restaurant
花蓮火車頭烤肉屋餐廳Hualien Salt Lick BBQ Restaurant

English:

We lunch at Salty Lick, a charming American style BBQ house that serves up authentic BBQ meat dishes and pizzas. Driving back is probably not a good idea when itis hits, but probably safer than night driving again.

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