陽明山國家公園 yangming shan

Today I went to 陽明山國家公園 Yangming Shan National Park, a 1/2 hour scooter ride up into the hills north of Taipei. The weather was perfect. Just above zero, windy, the clouds rolling in a wall of heavy mist bringing visibility down to around 10 meters and saturating everything. Besides a blizzard, what more could you ask for?

We got there too late to do the three hour walk to the summit, though the thought of getting caught after dark in such weather made me want to go anyway. Instead we opted for a quick run up 5000 or so steps to 七星公園 Qixing Gongyuan. The weather had scared off everyone except a small stream of old people, and by the time we reached the top we were alone, shrouded in impenetrable mist and wind blowing the coarse long grass flat.