Woken up by the sun, our day took a head start. After our morning dive we moved downtown for breakfast. With a nice cup of coffee we planned out our day. We looked up how to get to the hot springs on the mountain of Yangmingshan and before hitting the road again we bought some provisions that would keep us going for the day.
After a 30-minute drive we parked our van beside the road and made our way through the jungle in search for hot water. We used a cooler from the van to carry food and our phones. Unfortunately, Laurens’ flip-flops were worn out and he had to continue the hike barefoot (not recommended…). Following a trail we ended up tracing a river until we noticed we had taken a wrong turn somewhere. We made our way back on the right track and found a multitude of hot springs colliding with the rivers. You can find them with your eyes closed, as you will smell the sulfur from afar. The rocks on which the water runs is bright yellow and a little slippery.
At our final destination we made our own warm water bath by building a series of dams. The bath was confortable and the ideal way to relax. On our way back Edouard was startled by a big snake slithering by right before his feet. Luckily, the snake was just as scared as he was. Exhausted from our adventure we made our way to the north coast, where we followed the road by the ocean to make our way to the east, to Yehliu. Completely worn out and in need of good night’s sleep, we called it an early evening as we parked our van and set up the tent in a local park near the beach.