Next to the highway ~ Traveling east to the Coast
Mrs. Um arrived home early on a Friday morning, and we very happy to find us having breakfast with her kids at the house. The school that the Um’s own is closed right now for winter break so the family is currently on vacation. Mrs. Um starting asking where we would like to go. As a joke, we said, “the beach!”, because it is so cold now and that would be a good place to be. She took our suggestion seriously, and within a couple of hours we were all packed up and heading to the coast!!
The Um’s dropped the two of us and the triplets at the grocery store, and told us to run in and get snacks for the road trip. We honestly didn’t know what hit us. When we woke up that morning, we had no idea that we would be heading out on a trip so soon. In true Korean style, we filled a box with noodles (to be eaten dry and crushed), chips, fruits and dried rice snacks.
Fortunately, the Um’s have a big van so we all had more than enough space to spread out and relax.
The lovers in the backseat.
Usually, when we take a trip around Korea, we travel by bus. The bus drivers make pit stops at places like this. There are restaurants, snack bars, convenience stores, toilets, and rest areas. We got out of the van here and all spread out in search for the food that we wanted. It blows our mind how often Koreans eat but so few of them are overweight! We had eaten breakfast, then bought snacks and ate those on the road, then stopped here and ate AGAIN!!
The snow had fallen here the night before. The surrounding hills were very pretty!
Outside the Food court
The Um’s shared some noodles and soup. Maybe that’s the secret to not being overweight… they always share food. We are trying to figure it out… 😉
At the back of the rest stop was an ice sculpture. We could barely stand on it because it was so slippery!
The boys got some hot dogs.
Justin and David in front of the ice display.
Along the way we stopped to admire the snowfall and the beautiful white peaks. I was pretty excited to get out and take some pictures. I have never seen mountains look as amazing as they did along this road! The road had become very muddy and slippery, so we didn’t stop for too long before getting back on the road. When we stopped to take these pictures, David set his bottle of Sprite down on the road to take a photo for us. It was at this point, that David’s bottle of Sprite was kicked and started rolling down the steep mountain road. As we watched the drink roll away, David cried out for it to stop. The rest of us were laughing uncontrollably. This Sprite incident resulted in many laughs during the remainder of our journey.
We reached the coast by nightfall. It had snowed there already and everything was covered in a inch or two of snow. The Um’s took us to a friend’s restaurant for dinner. Since we were on the coast, everything on the menu was seafood.
Traditional Korean style dinner with tons and tons of small plates of food.
Starter: Seaweed soup. Warmed on the table top by a gas burner.
After this soup was served, huge plates of raw fish were brought to the table. Loads of sashimi to feast on. I was thrilled!!
Hmmm… prawns and shellfish.
Potato filled rice balls.
Jena was excited about the squid!
As soon as you finish one of these small plates, they bring you another replacement plate. Unlimited side dishes. We love this aspect of Korean cuisine.
Thinking dinner was drawing to a close, we ate until we were stuffed.
…And then they brought out the main course. Fish stew served with Rice.
Pastor Um enjoying some sashimi wrapped in lettuce.
David was giving Catherine the narrow eyes….
(Narrow eyes~ a joke with the Um family, they tease us for having big eyes, and we tease them for having narrow eyes)
This was the third course. We were too “full” to try it by then.
How unfortunate for us.
We were really happy to jump in the car and head out on the road. The Ums’ were great travel companions.
Stay tuned to find out what else we did on our trip to Sokcho.