Sitou Forest Recreation Area sits high up in the mountains (and it wasn't until after our visit that we realized how high up we actually were) and is an experimental forest area controlled by a nearby university. The majority of the trees were planted for research purposes, starting close to 100 years ago. The park consists of a variety of hiking trails that vary in difficulty. The trails lead visitors past many man-made and natural sites. It was an extremely beautiful and almost other worldly place. As we hiked higher and higher up the mountain, the clouds and fog overwhelmed us and created a very surreal atmosphere. It was an amazing place that once again reminded me how absolutely beautiful this country is.
These are some of my favorite pictures from the year. It's hard to have bad pictures when the scenery is so beautiful.
University pond and bamboo bride
Up in the skywalk
Photo credit to Michelle
Rainbow Bridge, my favorite place
The view from the bridge
This palm frond was at least 8 feet long
The trail that I severely underestimated its length and difficulty. So worth the sore legs though.
Part of a massive boulder that fell off the mountain during a large earthquake in 1999.
We taught Angela how to crab walk.