We left right after school on Friday and caravaned the three hours east to Seoraksan.
|This is Korea?! Where are the people and buildings?|
|Me and Meredith|
|Kristina and August|
|I think Sean's done this before|
|Jim and Samson, bros for life|
|Ruby hanging out by the fire|
|Miller, making 4 hot dogs for himself|
|the kids hanging out by the fire|
|Kristina and Samson|
|Grace and Laura|
|August's first s'more!|
We made s'mores, which were so amazing (there are no graham crackers in Korea, so we used digestive crackers with chocolate and that was a decent substitute). Then Meredith said she was going to make the best dessert we'd ever eat. This weekend there were a series of bad decisions as well as a series of good decisions. Meredith's "choco taco" was definitely at the top of the good decisions. I consider myself a "dessert person" and found it hard to believe that this would be the best dessert ever. But she was right. The choco taco was the best. dessert. ever. You take a tortilla, put peanut butter on it. Put marshmallows and chocolate on that and then cook it on a pan over the fire. It is amazing. I bet you don't actually need the fire to make this, but I'm going to tell myself you do or else I'm going to end up making this every day.
|The choco taco|
The floors were heated, so that was nice, but it wasn't enough of a trade off. I hate living with regret, but in the morning, I saw this picture of Laura playing the ukalale:
and lots of people doing the butterfly and it made me sad that we'd missed the camping part.
Anyway, we got up and went out for breakfast with the Hobbs' and Cabalunas. I have to admit, I really wanted a choco taco for breakfast but we found a Korean restaurant instead. It turns out Korean breakfast is a lot like Korean lunch and dinner but with coffee. The bimimbap had an egg in it, so that seemed breakfasty enough to me.
We went to the campsite to meet up with the group. We were given the choice of two hikes. The easy one and a more challenging one. We were told the challenging one was one the kids could handle and would take about 4 hours. After choosing a hotel over camping, I no longer trusted my own ability to make decisions, so we went with the more challenging hike. We crammed people into cars and went to the trail head.
|Ruby, enjoying the hike|
|A perfect time for a selfie stick!|
From what I've heard, hiking in Korea is very popular and goes something like this: you hike up, you drink soju (Korean liquor) at the top and you hike down, sometimes drunk, sometimes not. This is what I saw: Just after starting our descent on the other side after reaching the top, we started seeing groups of hikers in head to toe brightly colored hiking gear, off to the side with their meals. They had full meals-drinks, plates, chopsticks, Tupperware containers and soju.
|August and Jim enjoying the break|
Traffic jam! Check out the rubber necking at this tree: