It was a sunny day in Keelung. In fact, the rays were harsh.
|Keelung station, from the bus terminal|
|Had a simple bowl of pork intestine vermicelli (30NT) from the shop just outside Keelung station.|
First stop of the day was Baimiweng Fort, also known as Holland Castle. Take bus 301 or 302, and stop at Bai Village. It would be an uphill climb from there.
|Upslope on the fire route. Many vehicles use this too.|
|Finally at the base of the fort|
|Looking toward the observation post. Keelung Islet on the left, and Star Cruise pulling in to harbor.|
|Lookback at the command post before climbing to the observation post.|
|Back to main business. Long climb to the observation post.|
|Power station vs Keelung Islet|
Walked back down the slope to the next site. Visited White Lighthouse next, coincidentally, it was open house for just October.
|Directional sign to Keelung Lighthouse|
|Was only allowed to move around on level 1, not much views.|
Took the bus back to Miaokou to fill the stomach and replenish supplies. Ate braised pork rice (25NT), and got more water.
From the bus stop across Miaokou nightmarket, took bus 505, and stopped at the Lovers' Lake "entrance". Because it's a 20 minute walk to the park. One lady sent him the wrong way, and he had to backtrack.
|Another towering power grid|
|Lovers' Lake Hospital up ahead, on the right path.|
|Gone in peace, beautiful flutter-by.|
|Greeted by ducks and swans at the lake.|
|View of the suspension bridge|
|At the bridge itself|
|From the bridge|
|Map of Lovers' Lake. Trails, let's go!|
|In love with undulating terrain all over again. Keelung Islet is omnipresent.|
|Didn't know that this was Dawulun beach yet.|
|Colorful spider, kinda big. Reminds him of conscript days.|
|A tower along the way to Dawulun Fort.|
In the tower, met this old couple with their middle-aged daughter, and he had fun watching them guess and argue over his nationality. The old lady was also praising Singapore for being orderly, while saying that Taiwan had a lot of "bad people" (talking about the contaminated oil incident). She was really loud, and people were staring as they exited the castle. These three people would also head to Dawulun Fort later, really admire the physical well-being of Taiwanese old people.
|View of the lake from the tower.|
Steep climb,yet the old people in front could go fairly fast.
|Looking back down at the viewing platform|
|Damaged HQ building|
|Took the forest trail to Dawulun Beach|
|Getting nearer the beach, quicker on the descent|
|A jogger resting and looking towards the ocean|
|A small school of squid harboring under the boat. Watched them dance and change color, really amazing.|
|Looking back toward the shophouses from the harbor.|
|Hills in the background of the beach. Beautiful place.|
Was walking on the road when he saw the shops selling seafood and beer. Might as well try some.
|Had a second round of delicious Penghu oysters (100NT for 5, draft beer 80NT).|
|Plump and good. Unlike the extremely salty ones at night markets, this was fresh, and tasted of the ocean.|
|Had 3 sticks of beef to go with (150NT), nothing fantastic.|
|Bus 305 arrived hourly, might as well enjoy the wind and watch the waves before going to the bus stop. The crabs were good, despite waves crashing onto them, they could still hold onto the breakwater.|
Waited about an hour for bus 305 to arrive, it was late. A
Panic time, the bus stopped across the road from where the signboard was! Ran across the road but the bus also drove off. Crap. Luckily, it had to U-turn, and the auntie helped to flag down the bus. Thanked her by waving, and it was back to Keelung station.
|Braised pork rice (25NT) and pork liver soup (30NT). Somehow, he found himself back at the same stall.|
|Heading back to Taipei Main Station after a long day|