7.05.2008

hiking

Today I climbed Mount Yongmasan. I think this has been my favorite day in Seoul so far. I was so overjoyed while I was hiking that I had to force myself to concentrate. A few times I almost fell off the side of the mountain just because I was so distracted. Haha, that would have been great!

So here I am at the beginning of the hike.
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And here you can see Seoul. This is my home. It's definitely something to look at isn't it?
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About an hour later...

"Are we there yet???"
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"You want me to climb what???"
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Victorious! I made it. Hooray! There was a man at the top selling popsicles. I wanted to kiss him! But I didn't.
I was enjoying my melon popsicle and then people starting hollering at me. I had climbed all that way and I still hadn't stood on the official top! So I climbed the last bit and a kind man took my picture.
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And then they pointed out that although I was standing at the official top of the mountain, this rock was actually higher. So I had to move over to the rock so that I could really truly say I made it to the top of Mount Yongmasan.
My legs were shaking.
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Here is the breathtaking view from the top. It's such a change from what I see every day. This moment, this view changed my heart a little. Seoul became more beautiful at that moment. It's strange to think that this mountain is right here in Seoul. Walking the streets around town you would never guess it.
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And then I started hiking down. Down was more difficult than up.
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This was a neat pavillion about half way up the mountain.
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Down, down, down...
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And here ladies and gents...is a smile of accomplishment!
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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy 4th of July!!
Wow, What a beautiful place! Sounds like a glorious day.
XOXO Mom

Anonymous said...

05 July 2008

Hi April

What beautiful pictures. Congrats on your climb. Hope all is well with you. Keep the pictures coming, because you are taking us with you with every step. Enjoy!

Corrine

Anonymous said...

Oh April....what fun! Is that how you spent your fourth of July....no fireworks but lots of majesty! Love the photo's...I am living it with you....it makes me smile to read your blog and look at what you see! Oh and don't buy that octupus....I think it was dead! lol You must write a book one day!
Love ya! Linda

Jen said...

I am so glad that you got to go for your hike. I am sure it did wonders for your soul. I miss you like crazy but am so excited for your experience and what you are learning. Thank you so much for sharing. Love you.

ernie said...

awesome pics! glad to hear from you, we all miss you! - ernie

JoshLloyd.com said...

That looks like fun! Glad you got to see Seoul from a different perspective. It's helpful to do that in all aspects of life. Love ya friend!

Eden said...

Nice hike!

Thank for your prayers. They really mean a lot!

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Dan said...

April...am taking a group up Yongmasan tomorrow Thursday Oct 9...can you tell me the best way up from yongmasan station? do you know the way from achasan too?
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My name is April. said...

Dan, you should find this link to be helpful: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=261100

This is where I found all my information for hiking. Have a great time!

My name is April. said...

Dan, you should find this link to be helpful: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_6.jsp?cid=261100

This is where I found all my information for hiking. Have a great time!