Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chungju Lake

This weekend we ventured out on our first independent trip outside of Seoul – no tour group and no family to point the way.  It was just us, our new/old car, and some maps.  Cameron was driving and I was navigating.  I’m not going to lie – I was a bit nervous.  I’m navigationally challenged, but after years of reading maps while chasing news in a live truck, I’ve improved and it paid off.

We made it to Chungju Lake in two hours without any missteps or wrong turns.  We arrived just in time for the last ferry.  We bought out tickets and boarded the boat for a scenic tour of the lake.  Although we missed the fall leaves at their peak, the views were still lovely.  The lake is surrounded by soaring peaks and mountains in every direction.  It’s very dramatic.  It was a bit chilly, but we enjoyed the open air on the boat for most of the trip.

There’s a lot to do in the region, and I think we’ll be back to visit some of the national parks.  But, this day was a test run.  We made it – now time to head back.  Unfortunately for us road construction on the return trip turned a 5 lane highway into 2 lanes.  That means our 2 hour journey turned into 4.5 hours.  It was long…too long, but at least we didn’t make any wrong turns!

The sun was beginning to set during our ferry ride.

When the wind kicked up, it was cold on the boat!

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