WOW, Salmon, GOPBill, and all the rest, great suggestions! I’ll have to take several trips (obviously!) what a pity…
Someone mentioned to me at one point that it wasn’t a good idea to take a Vespa up the Cross-Island Highway because of the altitude. Has anyone taken a 2-stroke scooter that route? Did you live?
Don’t think I would be camping on the beach, unfortunately, traveling as a single woman. Probably wouldn’t be the greatest idea going, although Taiwan is fairly safe (and I’m not exactly a sweet young thing anymore).
Bill: hadn’t thought about the restrictions on map-reading, so I guess I’ll have to build a limited quota of Chinese into the trip (map- and sign-reading). The whole idea is to go South and only speak Taiwanese for a week. I’m only an intermediate in Taiwanese, and I have no rational reason for wanting to improve it, but it sounds like fun (I need to get out more, obviously, and preferably in company!! Oh well, one more year of school and we can explore the possibilities for a normal life.)
Keep those itineraries coming and thanks to all (I know I didn’t write down all the names, but I appreciate the input.) I’m starting to feel really excited about the upcoming trip.