Food, Glorious Food

This is the last day of my visit to Taiwan, the island of my birth.  The main purpose was visiting relatives and the National Palace Museum.  However, food is one of the main draw; there is a huge variety and all very good.  In many ways, it was a walk down the memory lane.  I ate food that I have not tasted since I left Taiwan some 40 years ago.

Shao bing you tiao is a typical Chinese breakfast.  It is a fried crueller wrapped in a flat bread pocket; accompanied by a bowel of soy milk.  Yes, I know that you are thinking, “???”.  The photo below was taken at 7:30 Sunday morning at the best shao bing you tiao place in Taipei.

This lineup will go around the corner, kept going for another 1/2 block, and go up some stairs

This lineup will go around the corner, kept going for another 1/2 block, and go up some stairs

Yummy street food

Yummy street food

My cousin Fiona with a bowel of shaved ice on top of Taiwanese jelly?  It is better than it sounds

My cousin Fiona with a bowel of shaved ice on top of Taiwanese jelly? It is better than it sounds

The national Palace Museum houses treasures from thousands of years of Chinese imperial collection.  I cannot say that I fully appreciate all the treasures but some of the stuff is amazing.

The Cabbage, a jade carving, is the most famous piece in the collection

The Cabbage, a jade carving, is the most famous piece in the collection

I am sure that I will not make tea in this little teapot

I am sure that I will not make tea in this little teapot

This is a set of stacking wood cups..  I cannot imagine how this can be done.

This is a set of stacking wood cups.. I cannot imagine how this can be done.

This is made of ivory.  I am not sure how many balls are inside

This is made of ivory. I am not sure how many balls are inside

This little carving is only about 1 inch long.  The photo is taken through a magnifying glass.  Amazing

This little carving is only about 1 inch long. The photo is taken through a magnifying glass. Amazing

I am off to Cambodia tomorrow.  Will keep you posted.

October 26, 2016 Up the Power Line to the Hut

It was a small group of 6.  Jim did have a plan but that got quickly changed when John proposed a hike up the power line, all the way to Steele and Wilson.  I have hiked/skied the power line but never the whole thing in one trip.  A car shuffle was involved with a car at end (Steele and Wilson); we started at the sand pit (near turn off for Camp Gatineau).  It was a pleasant hike, and easy one too, following an ATV track.  That is until we decided to take a short cut after the canoe.  The terrain got more interesting with some steep bits.  Yes, I would be interested in finding out how the canoe got there.

 

The view was spectacular, even without the sunshine.  I understand that it was only about 10 Km but a very rewarding day.

Yes, there is the feeling of cooler weather in the air.

Yes, there is the feeling of cooler weather in the air.

Bryan, up the creek without a paddle. The rest just supervised ... How did the canoe get there? It is not an easy portage from the water.

Bryan, up the creek without a paddle. The rest just supervised … How did the canoe get there? It is not an easy portage from the water.

Panoramic shot from above the Power Line Ponds.

Panoramic shot from above the Power Line Ponds.

Looking the other way

Looking the other way

What some people would do for a photo

What some people would do for a photo

Yes, there is the hut as promised.

Yes, there is the hut as promised.

Want to identify that leaf? There is an app for that.

Want to identify that leaf? There is an app for that.

October 15, 2016 – A Relaxing Stroll in the Woods

Today was a perfect day for a relaxing stroll in Gatineau Park.  Dorothy and I returned to the area of Notch and Kingsmere Road.  The weather was pleasant and the colour started to change; the fungi was plentiful and beautiful.  We also crossed the Gatineau Parkway and walked up the Hermits Trail toward Kingsmere Road.  The whole area would make a great ski outing when combined with some NCC trails.  I am praying for lots of snow, soon.

There are some nice swamps.

There are some nice swamps.

Dorothy on trail

Dorothy on trail

Interesting result of decay.

Interesting result of decay.

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There is certainly a bumper crop of fungi

There is certainly a bumper crop of fungi

October 12, 2016 Lusk Fall to Creigeur

Today was a very warm day for October 12.  It got as high as 22 degrees Celsius, and my car thermometer is never wrong.

 

Six hikers Joined Bryan and Margaret Parlour for a hike across the escarpment.  The leaves are finally changing after a couple of nights of cold temperature.  We started from Lusk Fall and visited The Blue Box, Pate, Bottle Tree, South Window, Back Bone, Balcony, Farm Rock, Bald Face/Giant, The Pulpit, down the Gang Way to the car.  The distance, according to GPS, was about 12 KM.  My legs were complaining at the end.  Oh, we met a phantom of the wood near The Pulpit, aka John Vincent.

Nice reflection coming up Lusk Fall. Taking photo is always a good excuse to stop and catch my breath.

Nice reflection coming up Lusk Fall. Taking photo is always a good excuse to stop and catch my breath.

Part of the hike was very yellow.

Part of the hike was very yellow.

This is my first time visiting the "Blue Box".  It is not visible from this photo but there is a smear of blue paint somewhere.

This is my first time visiting the “Blue Box”. It is not visible from this photo but there is a smear of blue paint somewhere.

Absolutely nothing wrong with this view.

Absolutely nothing wrong with this view.

October 9th Hike

I joined Graham and Lena Creedy for a relaxed hike in the Mine and Notch Road area.  The main reason was that I had a Chinese Thanksgiving feast waiting for me and cannot be late.  However, it turned out to be a very pleasant hike, exploring some trails that I did not know and could turn out to be a reasonable back country ski trail.  We started at around 10 AM, had lunch at Kingsmere at noon, and back to the car before 3 PM.  I am not going to bother describing the route because there were some crashing around in the bush, following faint trails, trotting on some unnumbered tracks and dodging mountain bikes on numbered NCC trails.  I can add the map if one of the participants want to send me the GPS track.

Nice open forest

Nice open forest

A beaver dam or two is part of every hike

A beaver dam or two is part of every hike

An old abandoned munition storage add an historical element.

An old abandoned munition storage add an historical element.

Yes, we need to be sociable, sometime. There were certainly lots of opportunities at Kingsmere on a Thanksgiving Sunday.

Yes, we need to be sociable, sometime. There were certainly lots of opportunities at Kingsmere on a Thanksgiving Sunday.

Finally, the best colour of the day awaited us back at Tunney's parking lot.

Finally, the best colour of the day awaited us back at Tunney’s parking lot.

Gatineau Park, October 1, 2016

It is hard to believe that it is October.  We still to have our first frost and the leaves are, for the most part, stubbornly green.  I participated in the first of the Gatineau Park High Country Challenge.  It was lead by Jim and Dorothy acted as sweep.  We started at Steele and Wilson, climbed up to Tomato Hill, followed the escarpment to the Sand Pit, cross the road and picked up the trail to the lower escarpment (I gathered that it is called Church Hill Ridge), circled around and came back by Grand View.  The air was damp and cool, and it was overcast all day.  The insect population was not a big factor, just a nuisance.  “A very nice hike” would be a good description.

Lunch at "the" view

Lunch at “the” view

A nice pond en route.  Alas, I did not  hear any frog.

A nice pond en route. Alas, I did not hear any frog.

More fungi.  Someone suggest the name "Mother and Child"

More fungi. Someone suggest the name “Mother and Child”