Hiking Dobongsan Midweek
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Dobongsan for another hike. This time, I went with some Samsung trailing spouses (including a trailing husband!) during the middle of the week. Although it was my third time at Dobongsan, we managed to find yet another trail. And of course, I made sure to steer the group away from the Y-Valley path!
We were greeted by the same friendly park ranger as we entered the park. He kept on saying, “The views on the top of the mountain are breathtaking! So beautiful! Korea number one!” He then said, “But I have never been to the top.” Haha! He totally discredited himself! As we were hiking (and breathing hard), we joked that the “breathtaking views” were literally that- breathtaking because of the climb. 😛
Some trees still had bright crimson, orange and yellow colored leaves. We hiked past several beautiful temples. One of the temples had a well with spring water that was supposed to give us long lives. But, as soon as we saw an old ahjussi (Korean for uncle) drink directly from the ladle and then put it back, we decided to pass!
Unfortunately, it was another hazy day in Seoul, so the views from up top weren’t spectacular, but the fall foliage was gorgeous! I met an ahjussi who started speaking to me in Chinese! He said he’s been practicing his mandarin by going to China and also taking classes at a local school. He asked for my number because he wanted to practice his pronunciation (I have yet to hear from him… hmm).
We were running out of time so we didn’t make it to the peak but we still enjoyed some great views before hiking down and having a well-deserved lunch!
The weather has gotten really chilly in Seoul, so I think this hike to Dobongsan will be the last hike of the season…