The Long Way to Catch the Train hike is one of our old favourites. It had been a while since we'd last walked the trail, so we were interested to see what had changed since the last visit.
It turned out that not much had changed, apart from the villages developing and being a bit busier in general.
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When we arrived, the farmers were preparing their fields for spring planting.
The hike took us past farmland and fields.
Kindling and firewood are stacked up along the roads in the village.
A donkey relaxes in its stable. They are still widely used for farm work, such as plowing fields.
Some of the trees were just starting to get leaf buds, whereas others already had quite a few new leaves.
This part of the hike took us on an easy path among gently rolling hills.
The travelling tofu saleswoman had come around, and was weighing out a few blocks to sell.
An old aqueduct.
Verdant hills provide the backdrop for fruit and nut tree terraces.
Fruit tree flowers were already in bloom.
Pink peach blossoms.
These beautiful lavender flowers also lined the path in places.
A cute puppy from one of the villages.
In the spring, mushrooms can often be found growing on rotting logs in the forest.