A Trip to See Snow

Update:  I wrote this post a couple weeks ago and never got around to posting these.  Right now, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and the weather's been great.  A month ago, not so much.

My patience with winter is gone.  It's been cold for four or five months now, and with snow last night, it looks like it'll never give up.  Sara and I decided we had to get out of the house, cold or no, and do something.  We've spent the last ten weekends cooped up watching TV and we just couldn't take it anymore.  So we decided to jump in the car to find something, anything, interesting to look at.  Korea's a real bummer in the winter.  It's cold, it's windy, and everything is dead and brown.  Sometime in April all of that will change and we'll get the color explosion of spring, but until then, we're stuck with brown, and where there's snow, white.

We decided to head up towards Juwangsan National Park, a mountain we've visited before, and one that's a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.  Halfway there I remembered something about an ice climbing wall and so our route was changed and we headed to what we hoped would be people scaling a sheet of ice fifty meters high.  And while there were no people actively climbing, the ice was impressive.  Thick sheets clung to the river bank and climbed the mountain face.  Pockets bloomed like blue flowers.  We stomped through knee deep snow and our feet got wet.  Our dog ate snow and ended up covered in mud.  It was a great afternoon drive.  Just what we needed.

Hopefully winter is over.  I'm tired of this.

This picture originally appeared over at howweseekorea.com a really cool photo/blog with a different perspective on living in Korea.

For some reason they don't climb the actual ice wall, and they build one instead.  

Gus loved the snow.

That's it for now.  The weekends are pretty much softball all the time now, so I'm not using my camera as much as I'd like.  I did take some pictures of the cherry blossoms which I might post here, if I can find 10 that I like.  

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