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.

the tethered hot air balloon at Gyeongju

the tethered hot air balloon at Gyeongju

me in front of the balloon

me in front of the balloon

up, up & away, without us!

up, up & away, without us!

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!!

Kathy and me

Kathy and me

So…. we eat a nice lunch by Bomun Lake, rent some dilapidated bicycles, and ride along the lake’s edge under the cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms on Bomun Lake

Cherry blossoms on Bomun Lake

Cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms

lunchtime

lunchtime

Kathy at lunch

Kathy at lunch

me & my bicycle

me & my bicycle

tunnel of cherry blossoms

tunnel of cherry blossoms

Kathy at Bomun Lake

Kathy at Bomun Lake

Kathy & me at Bomun Lake

Kathy & me at Bomun Lake

We come to a big open square where small Korean children are driving motor-powered cars haphazardly around like maniacs.

maniac Korean children drivers

maniac Korean children drivers

too small to be driving!!

too small to be driving!!

wild little drivers

wild little drivers

he's on a mission

he’s on a mission

taking my life in my hands

taking my life in my hands

Finally, Kathy decides she wants to drive an All-Terrain-Vehicle around a motor-course.  She dons a helmet and off she goes.

Kathy, all helmeted up and ready to go

Kathy, all helmeted up and ready to go

Kathy on her ATV

Kathy on her ATV

Kathy takes the ATV course by storm

Kathy takes the ATV course by storm

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.

swan paddle boats on Bomun Lake

swan paddle boats on Bomun Lake

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