Watched a marathon go past on the road below the apartments this morning before setting off for the mountains.
We drove out towardsEonyang then up to Miryang where the apple orchards are. The clouds started rolling in and as we left the low laying areas and headed into the mountains, light rain started to fall. The drive out was through farming areas of rice and veggies. The mountain road was pretty busy and the trip up slow in some places. The rain increased and by the time we reached the tunnel at the top, the thunder and lightning had set in. As we drove to this point, the forrest changes from green to some leaves turning golden, to lots of golden, red patches. It was beautiful to see.
Once past the tunnel, the storm drifted off and it was just light rain.
The apple country was full of families as they love the fruit season, and spend as much time in the mountain areas as possible. Many areas had families sitting on rocks and near their cars having their picnic once the rain had cleared.
The orchards have alfoil like paper secured on the ground to reflect the heat up as all the apples are red all over not just where the sun gets to them. The taste was magnificent to say the least ( i am eating one now). Crisp, juicy and tasty. All the trees are lopped so as not to grow tall and they are just covered in large red fruit. The big fruit sells at $65 AUD for 10 kg.!! and it starts at around $30 for 10 kgs. FRom here, we wound our way slowly back down the mountain through the tunnel and headed for the beef country known as Byunge.This took some time as every man, woman and child had gone to the mountains but it gave us plenty of time to see the beauty of the mountains on the way back and time to take photos.
Once in the beef country, we headed dto a little farm restaraunt Darren and Anita have taken their previous visitors to. Luckily he remembered the way as their Korean friend who was going to come with us, had to go to his friends due to the father dying.
During the course of the day, Darren would ring the frien and make sure we were on the right road and when in doubt, find someone, ring the friend, and get him to talk to the person we were with and then relay instructions for driving. Very ingenious.
The little farm eatery is just lovely. The family so friendly and the beef BBQ Korean style sooo tasty. We wandered around the garden and looked at the extentions they are making then had our meal in the hut after walking over a little bridge over a pond of Koi fish.
We went for a walk through their farm and headed back towards Ulsan around 5.30pm.
We went past the 7 or 8 kms. of Hyundai car manufacturing plant. They were loading cars into 2 huge ships on the wharf as we went past.
We went down to the shipyards to see the Floating Production Storage Offtake (FPSO) vessel being built. It will be anchored at sea, refine the crude oil and store it ready for collection by an oil tanker!!! It is massive. Darrens company has been fitting this vessel out with cables and ropes.
On average, it takes 2 years to build a ship. Here they roll one out ever week so imagine how many are on the go here at any one time to be able to take 2 years to build them and roll one out every week!!!!
Darren said most workers ride scooters to work and in the morning and evenings it sounds like a swarm of bees approaching and leaving the area.
We went into Ulsan later and had a hot drink then headed home arriving around 10pm. We worked out that we had covered about 300 kms. for the day. It had been such a wonderful last day here and I am so happy I came.
The great things about Korea are the people we came across were all friendly, they are a very active nation, families are all important and children are included in everything, I have not seen any grafitti anywhere, the streets are between 3 and 5 lanes each way, everywhere in the markets and city is clean, you can walk around until all hours and feel safe and they recyle like no tomorrow. The down side is very few speak english, shopping for our food can be difficult and expensive and like many other countries, the footpaths are terrible, a lot of the children attend accademies upto midnight to better their education.
I have no doubt that to be here on your own trying to find places and things like I have experienced would be a whole other matter.
I have had a wonderful time here, and as my holiday now draws to a close, I thank you for being a part of my computer family and keeping me from feeling homesick. It was wonderful to recieve the emails as I travelled around this beautiful planet of ours and only hope you will have the opportunity to see it too. I have had a fabulous time and have loved every minute of it and would do it all again. I think Ted is a bit tuckered out, but he will revive once he gets back to Banjup and Nikolas.
So long for now and God bless.
See you in Australia, the most wonderful country in the world with the best family God could ever provide.
Love from Me.