Fu Shan Thanksgiving Hike
On Thanksgiving, our first four break in EIGHT YEARS, we decided to join a couple of friends and hike up FuShan. The evening before, we had eaten Turkey and all the sides, and discussed possibly hiking in the morning. Justin and I have been wanting to hike FOR AGES, but competing with weekend photo shoots, and high levels of pollution can be challenging. Thankfully, Friday was absolutely PERFECT and we had zero plans… so the hike WAS ON!
Before venturing up the northern slop of FuShan, we met with friends at La Finca, a gorgeous little wooden-interior cafe. I could spend every weekend checking out little cafes like this, but they are so hard to find here. This particular cafe was hidden up a dirty road on the mountain – we would never have found it if we hadn’t organized to meet our friends there before the hike.
<< Check it out here: La Finca: A Hidden Fu Shan Gem. >>
After coffee, we started up the mountain, following a steep paved path. Justin had Eli in the Deuter carrier, and since little man wouldn’t be moving much we dressed him up in multiple layers. The sun was out, but it was a pretty cold day, and we wanted to be sure he was wrapped and protected from the wind.
Still Happy in the Carrier
Even though he is halfway to FOUR, Eli still absolutely loves being in a carrier. We have him well-trained, hehehe! There are so many things we wouldnt be able to do if he refused to go in a carrier so I am very thankful that not only does he go in, but he stays in it for hours.
The Steep Path
Justin was a real trooper, and kept Eli the whole way up and then down the other side of the mountain. Sometimes we switch, and I carry Eli down because Justin has bad knees. We took it slow, and he managed the whole way. It is easy to forget how much the little ones grow every few months… until you have to put them on your back and climb up an incredibly steep slope!
Eli happily munched on some baozi while daddy carried him up FuShan.
Winter Sets In
Qingdao is not super pretty in the winter months. In fact, most of China isn’t. They is a dull grayness that sets in. It is often around this time of the year that we wonder if we should stay another year. We call it the “November blues”. We start to miss the sun, dread the coming pollution, and question our reasoning for being here.
But the end of the year brings a new trip. New explorations, new adventure, and a reminder that we make enough money here to travel 2-3 times year. It is hard to beat that!
Sorry for the pictures overload, we clearly had an amazing time and I documented it all! You know me!
It has been months since we hiked FuShan and we have been wanting to get out for ages. I am so happy that we did this, and doing it with friends is even better. A great bonding experience for us all. We ended the adventure with a relaxing lunch downtown, at the Diner 22 restaurant in TaiGu.
Definitely a Friday well-spent!