It was another rushed morning, partly due to the fact that I didn't set an alarm and was woken about 5 minutes before we had to leave, but soon enough we were on the platform waiting for our train. The only problem being that we weren't 100% positive the rest of the hiking group was there with us. The train was longer/slower than expected but I spent the time eating my bagel (with mystery filling) and coffee from 7/11. Once we got to Shuangtai station we met up with the rest of our group, bought some more food for the hike and hopped in taxis which would take us to the start of the hike. I met a few people from the group including the leader YiRu who told me that I look European when I asked why she said "well you're not fat" - Grant actually had a similar reaction when I told him I was from Wisconsin, as did one of his friends - woo hoo go USA. The taxi ride up the mountain nearly caused me to lose my breakfast but I managed to keep it down.
The group was about 12 people in total so we had to slipt up into 3 taxis, once we all arrived we began the adventure, realizing that we were off to a late start and would have to keep a steady pace if we were still hoping to make the beach before sunset. The first part of the hike (well all of it really) was beautiful, winding alongside a bright blue stream where before long we were stopping to swim
|Another break for snacks? lunch? idk, what time is it? where am I? .... are we there yet?|
|Signs of people!!|