Today I went on a picnic/outing with my fourth grade students. Every elementary school in Korea is given a budget to take two field trips (which they call ‘picnic’) a year. Thankfully, mine took place when the weather wasn’t too hot and it wasn’t too cold. The first place we stopped was Ilsan Beach. We walked out to the rocks along a bridge that goes up and out to bring you to the top of a really big rock to stare out at the ocean. If you look hard enough, you may be able to see Japan! Not really. But you can see large amounts of Hyundai ships as the ship yard is right next door.
After we hiked down from our rock lookout, we went up to the light house which has a nice recreation area where we had a picnic. We had sushi, sandwiches, these yummy fermented soybean packets full of flavored rice, squid (as always), tempura of various sorts, baked fish, fruits of various types, sweet potatoes and this nut that tastes exactly like a sweet potato that I have never had before and I am not sure what the name is in English. There was a ton of food considering it was only supposed to feed about eight women and one man. We had a lot to take home.
From Ilsan Beach, we hiked up to the top of a small mountain and took pictures. At the summit there was an ancient stone tower previously used as a warning system. A guard stood watch and would light up a prepared fire pit if he saw anything alarming. There was also a temple where some of the students stopped to pray. It was a pretty cool place to hike up to and have a rest.