Renshan Botanical Garden

Renshan Botanical Garden

Renshan Botanical Garden Entrance Renshan

The first time I saw this mountain was on a field trip.  I had just started teaching a class of kindergartners and we were on our first field trip. It was probably my second or third week of being a teacher. Needless to say, my co-teacher was the real MVP. Who am I kidding she was always the MVP. Cars can not drive up to the top so we parked at the parking lot and started up the mountain.

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Sanqing Temple

Sanqing Temple

 Gate to Sanqing TempleSanqing Temple

Overlooking the beautiful Lake Meihua, Sanqing Temple is a major Taoist temple in Taiwan. The Temple is based on classical Northern Chinese Palace designs. Interestingly paper money is not burnt hear and offerings are instead made of incense, flowers, and fruit. Naturally, the temple is the busiest during holidays. In fact, they perform a special blessing during Chinese New Years.

In addition to being a religious site, Sanqing Temple is known for its beauty. The temples elevation and location gives it a good view of Meihua and the surrounding area. There is also are a few mountain trails around the temple. The temples plaza is a popular place to view the scenery at both day and night.

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Lake Meihua

Lake Meihua

Lake Meihua

Ducks at Lake MeihuaEntrance at Lake MeihuaMy first year in Taiwan had been spent living in Yilan County. I wish I had started this blog when living in the city of LuoDong. One place I biked to a lot that year was Lake Meihua. It is part of a loop that you can bike form LuoDong sports park, down to Dongshan and back.

Lake Meihua is located south of LuoDong and is a popular and easy trip. In addition to a 4km long bike path, there are many shops that have bikes and carts that you can rent. Lake Meihua is a popular tourist site in Dongshan Township, resulting in many cafes and shops around the north side of the lake. Located at No.1, Dapi Rd. and “open” (as in the stores and office is open) from 0900 to 1730.

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First Aid, The Under Appreciated Skill

First Aid, The Under Appreciated Skill

First Aid Gets no Love

We interrupt our normally scheduled programming for a rant. it’s a simple but timely but timeless rant. With the recent shooting in Los Vegas, I once again realize that first aid must be the most under-appreciated skill. First aid is one of the most universally useful skills. It does not matter your age, job, location, creed, or race, first aid is useful to you. It’s useful to me being an expatriate that lives alone as it to my married friends with kids back in the USA.

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Marsh – Billings – Rockefeller Mansion

Marsh – Billings – Rockefeller Mansion

Woodstock

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion historic markerWoodstock Vermont is the type of place you drive through the center and think, “I wonder what a house hear costs”. The short answer is a lot. The Rockefeller and Billings families influenced the growth of the town. The Rockefeller’s were responsible for the creation of the Woodstock country club, where I tried to learn to golf. That family also paid to have all the power lines in town buried to make it look nicer. The Billings family also was wealthy and set up their own farm where they used experimental farming methods and conducted research. Naturally having a string of well-known wealthy families attracted more wealthy and well-known families to the area. The  Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion became a park in 1992 when it was transferred to the government.

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Hardwick Historical Society

Hardwick Historical Society

Hardwick

Hardwick is a small town next to the one I grew up in. Made up of the villages of Hardwick, Gilbertville, Wheelwright, and Old Furnace. The town of Hardwick was settled in 1737 and incorporated in 1739. The Hardwick Historical Society was founded in 1961 and bought its current building from the town for one dollar. The building was the site of a school until the 1930’s. Latter it was used for engineers working on the Quabbin reservoir before becoming a meeting place for boy scoots and polling.

Located on the east side of the town common, in a brick building.  The Hardwick Historical Society is open Sundays from 12 to 2 PM. In addition you can find them on Facebook.

 

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Taikai Horse Ranch

Taikai Horse Ranch

Taikai Horse Ranch

Taikai Horse Ranch signThis one is not a restaurant with animals, it’s a horse farm with animals. Taikai Horse Ranch has a few horses and from what I have heard offers horse riding lessons. That is not why the majority of people go. Instead, they want to see the animals. Located at

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Private American guns to the UK

Private American guns to the UK

The American Committee for the Defense of British Homes

Every so often you see something on social media and the comments section is the most interesting part. Ok, who am I kidding the comments are usually the interesting part. As you can see on the left we have an add to send a gun to help defend Britain by something called The American Committee for the Defense of British Homes (we will call it ACDBH for the rest of the article). Like a lot of small things from World War Two, it is hard to find much information on it. Sadly a lot of it is antidotal. So the two questions in the comments were; “Is it real?”, “Why?” and “What happened to the guns afterward?”

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