Friday, April 16: After our failed attempt to make it to Gyeongju on April 3, Kathy and I finally find our way there today. We hope to ride the hot air balloon, which doesn’t really float about freely in the air, but is tethered to the ground. However, neither of us has ever been on a hot air balloon, so we want to go even if we are anchored to earth.
We buy tickets and wait at a table in the shade until the time specified on our ticket. We watch about 4-5 groups go up in the balloon. Finally, it’s our turn… but the wind starts gusting and they close the balloon for 10 minutes. They then let us on the balloon and gale force winds whip the balloon about over our heads. We are promptly escorted off the balloon. Next, they shut it down for the rest of the day!!
So…. we eat a nice lunch by Bomun Lake, rent some dilapidated bicycles, and ride along the lake’s edge under the cherry blossoms.
We come to a big open square where small Korean children are driving motor-powered cars haphazardly around like maniacs.
Finally, Kathy decides she wants to drive an All-Terrain-Vehicle around a motor-course. She dons a helmet and off she goes.
Finally we part ways with Bomun Lake and its little line of swan paddle boats. We head back to Daegu for the rest of the weekend.