This is definitely a late post, because TRUST ME, there is no running happening lately. It is HOT (33 degrees) and it is HUMID (95% —> Whaaaatt?). I think that this run took place about 3-4 weeks ago. The weather was still gorgeous and we were running pretty consistently – during the week, and on Sundays. It is no secret – this was the busiest semester of our lives, and I am still trying to catch up. Never-mind the fact that we haven’t yet finished our Europe posts from last summer, or the new Zealand trip from earlier this earlier. I desperately want to, at least, be caught up with our China posts before we head to South Africa for a month.
Look at those blue skies…
Qingdao at it’s best! We really did make an effort to get outside, and stay active during the finest weeks that spring had to offer. Now that summer is here, the desire to be outside is diminishing fast. We often think, “Let’s stay in Qingdao for the summer”, and then this sweltering humidity arrives and we HOP ON A PLANE… AND FLY AWAY!
I love that there are two routes to take along the coast. Either along the road under the trees, or along the baordwalk in the sun. On a clear day, both are really beautiful. As you can see, above left, the trees are bursting with green. Beginning of June is really a great time of year to be running in Qingdao!
About an hour in, we stopped and rested for a while. We had spotted some friends of ours down on the beach, so I went to say hello. Eli had fallen asleep so Justin sat with him. Pushing a stroller through moist sand is not fun – trust me, we have tried many times.
By the time we were nearly at our starting point (we always run out to a point, and then back again) the clouds had come over. It was still warm, but the clouds gave some relief from the sun.
Our Sunday Tradition
Sticking with Sunday traditions, we sat down at our favorite Korean take-out restaurant and ordered a late afternoon meal. Eli woke up as we started eating. He munched on some deep fried pork cutlet before emerging from his cocoon-stroller. Look at those blue eyes: Ever-enchanting…
Although it is too humid and yucky to want to be outside right now, we are thrilled with those weeks filled with runs, Korean food, and perfect family time. It was so good to have made the most of the clear weather. Summer is a bit yucky, but by September it will be wonderful again, and then you will see more posts like this. We LOVE fall in Qingdao.