Over a long break in February 1970 approximately 18 members of Dawg Flight took a bus trip from Shulinkou Air Station to Mount Alishan (Click Here for Website) located in the south-central part of the island. The trip took several hours by bus and a narrow gauge train that utilized a series of switchbacks to climb up Mount Alishan. On top was the small logging town of Alishan and a hotel where we stayed. The weather ranged from tropical conditions at the base of the mountain to cold, tundra-like conditions with snow at the top. It was a great trip.
1.) Stopping for fuel and beverages during the bus portion of the trip down the island. (L-R) Mort Gearhart (exiting bus), Ray Sorensen (plaid shirt), JB Davis, Bob Ellendorf (facing camera), Dave Vandierdonck (taking a photo), and Mike Keogh (far right).
2.) (From left) John "JB" Davis (MD), Bob "Dorf" Elendorf (NYC), Pete Conroy (MA), and Dick Ferretti (NJ).
Dawg Flight arrives at the train station and purchases tickets for the next leg of their trip. From here a narrow gauge train will snake them up the mountain to Mount Alishan. (From left) Dave Vandierdonck, Bill Bonar, Mike Hine, Bob Koenig (green sweater), Ray Sorensn (plaid shirt), U/ID, Mike Keoh (plaid shirt-white pants), John Davis.
Larry Briske (hand on head), and Al Luczyk (glasses).
1.) Dawg Flight standing in front of the train station. (L-R) Steve Swallom (flag), Mike Hine, Brian Brady, JB Davis, Bob Koenig, Steve Murphy, Fred Kirschstein, Dave Vandierdonck, Dick Ferretti, and Ray Sorensen.
2.) Everyone anxious to get on the train and head on up the mountain. (L-R) Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (MI), Bob "Dorf" Ellendorf (NYC), Mort Gearhart (KY), Larry "Brillohead" Briske (MN), Bill "Marty" Martin (MD), Ray "Rudy" Sorensen (CA), Dick "Little Window" Ferretti (NJ), Brian "Baloney" Brady (CT), and Steve "Pig-body" Swallom (KY).
1.) On one of the many bridges located along walkways. (L-R) Bob "Dorf" Elendorf (NYC), Steve "Pig-body" Swallom (KY), Dave "Doink" Vandierdonck (MI), and Brian "Baloney" Brady (CT).
2.) Mort Gearhart (KY) crosses the suspension footbridge over a small gorge at Alishan as Bob Koenig watches.
1.) At 6:00 am everybody's cold watching the sunrise atop Mount Alishan. (From left) Mike Hine (holding camera), Brian Brady (profile-tan coat), JB Davis (white turtleneck), Larry Briske (glasses), Dave Vandierdoink (navy jacket), and Dick Ferretti (facing camera).
2.) Bob Ellendorf tries to keep warm while "enjoying" the sunrise.
1.) Steve Swallom outside the Alishan Hotel.
2.) Nelson Carpenter leads the table in grace at the hotel dining room. Front table (from the left): Steve Murphy (yellow jacket), Mort Gearhart, Fred Kirshstein, Nelson Carpenter (navy jacket), Brian Brady, John Davis (green jacket), and Bob Koenig (yellow jacket-back to camera).
Rear table (from the left): Al Luczyk (glasses), Pete Conroy, Ray Sorensen, U/ID, Dick Ferretti (black shirt), Bob Ellendorf, Bill Martin, and Larry Briske.