After witnessing Naejangsan's autumn foliage last year, Alex admitted to me that it was quite difficult to satisfy his eyes with the sites we'd been to this year's autumn. A 2-day drip to Gapyeong wasn't enough. So he decided we visit Bukhan San again before it actually got so cold.
I guess the weather cooperated with us that day. It became warm as we approached Seoul and even warmer as we started to climb the first trail we went to.
SooAe gets more adventurous when being carried by her Dad but knowing she's more secure and comfortable with me, I decided to carry her instead of the lighter camping/climbing bag when we went to another trail.
SooAe and I were able to enjoy the climb and view because of the gently sloped and tiled path.
I already forgot what this trail's name is but I definitely saw this from a peak when we climbed Bukhansan in 2008. This is definitely a friendly trail for moms like me. We badly needed exercise so we decided not to bring along the car even if we could..
It was already 3pm when we were able to spot a good place for a short picnic.
My becoming famous "Jae Yook Bokkeum" (Spicy Pork Stir Fry). The sauce can also be used for chicken (sliced thinly) and squid. Dad liked it so much that he bought chicken and squid that same week. The week before that, I cooked for my mommy friends here. The week before that too, I cooked it for his nephew. Just 3 weeks ago, I cooked it for my brother in law's family again. I'm actually so tired of it already but Alex just requests it all the time. We basically don't eat "samgyeopsal" anymore.. LOL!
Dad chose a secluded place where I was able to breastfeed SooAe. She fell asleep while we tried to finish every slice of the 1kilo stir fried pork. This is what I like when we go out. Alex does everything while I just sit around and watch or wait for him to cook our food. He'd even feed me... winks!!! (*,^)
After the late lunch, we continued climbing and the view just got better.
Part of the Muryeong Temple
The views across the temple...
It was very frustrating to take this photo with an antiquated camera (haha). The mountain with all the colors looked magnificent..
We walked on for about 20 minutes more, lingered around the viewing deck of which I forgot to take a picture of and decided to head back to the car/base when it started to get dark and cold. When we passed by the temple again, they were ringing the big bell already. SooAe kept on looking around, wondering where the sound was coming from.
Seeing these shops reminded me that we actually visited this site before already, only preferring to take the rugged path. Alex insisted we stay some more and look around to avoid the heavy traffic.
It's gotten windy though so we went back to the car and with little amusement, we gave in to her request: to be allowed to play in the driver's seat.
As most moms know, having an active baby in a very small space or area with lots of restrictions is very taxing. After a while, I bugged Alex we start going home already but he said a camping or climbing trip would be incomplete without a (cup) ramyeon...
And so I gave in and we went out again to the nearest park for our hot cup of "snack ramyeon." Doing my best to always eat healthy, this was my first ramyeon after giving birth and OMG, it tasted really good.
We enjoyed eating our cup noodles in the dark. Other climbers were just coming down from the mountain and it somehow helped me to not feel scared or entertain creepy thoughts about the place.
With a baby in tow, it's not that easy anymore to be going out especially that he loves activities like this. But the best thing about it is that he takes care of everything, from packing to unpacking and cleaning after. I said "Thank you." He said he has lots of imperfections that frustrate me and it's the least he could do, LOL! We finally called it a "great day" and walked back to the car.
A passerby volunteered to take our picture
when he saw me setting up the camera's timer.
SooAe fell asleep while we were enjoying our cup noodles and was asleep the whole time on our way home. She stirred a little when I undressed and changed her before putting her to bed. The following morning though, she woke up early and patted Dad and me on our faces. When dad won't sit up, she started moving her face towards him making this sound:
She moved her body backwards and started for Dad's face again repeating the sound for at least 4 or 5 times...
Dad sat up straight and said, "Isn't that the temple bell's sound?"
We both laughed at her and we all went out to the living room.
Since then, SooAe never made that sound again, no matter how hard Alex reminded her of it. Maybe, another trip to the mountain or a temple would...