We’re calling this our “Friendly FuShan Hike” since this was actually the first time that Justin, Eli and I climbed FuShan with other people. We’ve climbed as a couple, and as our little family of three, but never with friends, so this was a new experience for us. Kevin and Charity work with Justin, and you might remember seeing them in a recent post – Grand Autumn Sports Meeting. We mentioned previously that Justin got a GoPro for his birthday, well it turns out that Kevin has one too, so among our photos in this post are a couple of GoPro shots taken by Kevin, like the one above, on this hike up FuShan. I had my Canon 70D and Kevin had his GoPro. Our significant others are not quite as obsessed with taking photos of EVERY angle and EACH AND EVERY new height reached, but between Kevin and I we got a great collection of pictures of our hike up FuShan.
The weather was beautiful – ie. there was no pollution – and we were all excited to finally hang out.
We hiked up FuShan from the ocean side of the mountain, starting from a gravel path on HaiLong Lu.
Elijah was asleep for the first 30-45 minutes of our hike. As you can see, he woke up slightly confused. We always joke that he wakes up thinking, “How he heck did I get here?”. Crazy parents. We take him everywhere, and he’s so good at going with the flow. We couldn’t be more thankful.
There are various caves and abandoned “bunkers” on FuShan. We found one on our way up the mountain. Kevin was brave enough to go inside even though tunnel led into complete darkness! He used his phone to light the way… But my imagination goes all cray, and I can’t imagine walking into something like this with just the flashlight on my phone. I’m such a chicken, and I’m not afraid to admit it!
He poked his head out from around the corner to tell us that he was okay. I used my flash to illuminate the passage for this shot, and as you can see, the Chinese writing on the wall looks like it says something quite important. Haha… I was kind of spooked, but I followed him. Just around the corner there were other dark paths, and a big concrete door that was slightly open. We didn’t go any further, but it is clear that if you are feeling adventurous, there is a lot of exploring to be done inside this mountain. Definitely not for me – I’m not a fan of dark underground passages with red exclamations on the walls! My heart was pounding.
I’ll find out what that writing says and let you know…
We were really sweaty by this point, so the above building was a welcomed sight. This is “the top” of the mountain. Not quite the very summit, but as far as one can go with a baby strapped to their back. Justin and I have climbed to the highest point to have a picnic, and you can see that awesome date here – FuShan Hike & Picnic. The views from this point of the hike are great, but from he highest point they are spectacular. While Justin waited here with Elijah, I climbed further with Kevin and Charity.
Above Image, Kevin climbing a few meters behind me. If you look carefully, you can see Justin standing next to a large boulder. He’s above the right hand corner of the roof of that building. You see him? Good… Now remember that shirt because we climbed a lot higher, and he gets kind of hard to see as we get further away from him.
Here he is again…
Can you see Justin? He’s there – slightly above and to the right of the rectangular roof. Yup… We were getting pretty high and the climb is pretty steep and slippery. We definitely wouldn’t take Elijah up here, so unless Justin and I go on a hiking date, we probably won’t be climbing up here again together anytime soon.
I’ll zoom in for you…
THERE THEY ARE!!
… And there I am. We made it to the top in no time at all. The extra bit of effort that it takes to get to the summit is 100% worth it. Kevin and Charity were speechless, and I was so happy that we had made it to the top on the perfect day.
The views were spectacular!
Kevin climbed onto that rock you see behind him in the above image. From there he took the amazing picture that you see below. Isn’t that just incredible!?
We goofed around for a bit at the summit. In fact, I think we would have just stayed up there forever – taking a ridiculous amount of pictures – but it was starting to get chilly, and we knew that Justin was probably tired of fighting off questions from strangers. Only the crazy foreigners would take their baby up a mountain!
This little concrete “lookout tower” stands on the very top of the mountain, and we had to climb out of the sides of it, to get to the very top for the amazing 360 degree views of Qingdao. This is what it looks like inside of it…
There are little windows on each side of the lookout. I love this picture of Charity admiring the view from one of the windows. Check out this video clip I took standing on top of the roof of this lookout – FuShan’s Spectacular 360 Degree View. I was quite nervous standing up there, and then holding out my camera as I slowly rotated in a full circle. In fact, you’ll see that when I zoomed down to get a glimpse of Justin and Elijah, I didn’t focus on the right people. I was trying not to concentrate too much on my camera, lose my footing, and fall off the roof. It took me a couple of second but I realized I was zoomed into the wrong place, and I managed to find and focus on my boys properly.