A&E on the World Heritage Train East 2009 travel blog

Odaesan National Park in the snow

Late autumn colours, Geumgangsa Temple, Odaesan National Park

Sogeumgang in the snow, Odaesan National Park

Geumgangsa Temple, Odaesan National Park

Sogeumgang in the snow, Odaesan National Park

Geumgangsa Temple, Odaesan National Park

End of my hike, along icy slope over ravine....maybe not.

Geumgangsa Temple, Odaesan National Park

Sogeumgang snow

Geumgangsa Temple, Odaesan National Park


It has been a long and unusual day. I looked out the window this morning to see if it was still raining, and it wasn't, it was snowing instead! And only two days ago I was complaining about being back in a muggy climate. I wore my fleece all day today and even then was cold at times, though this was at least partly due to having wet feet again all day, largely due to the inches of wet slush covering the pavements on my way to the bus station.

I did nearly bail out from this adverse weather and head further south, but I wanted to do at least something with the day other than just travel, and I am so glad I did stick with my original plan, as it was amazing in Odaesan National Park in the snow. It was absolutely magical with the snow falling; a black and white world shot through with vivid flashes of yellow and red from the trees and the contrasting colours of the small temples I passed. That's me sorted for Xmas cards. I was virtually the only person there, and the park rangers tried to forbid me from walking the throughroute (which I wasn't planning to do anyway, though I would like to sometime). It was difficult going on he paths, as it was slippy and hard to judge my footing under the snow, so I only walked for about three hours and didn't get very far. In the end I turned back largely because I wasn't keen on traversing a snow-covered slope that ended in a drop over an icy torrent. I saw enough to know that this was another great park though. I have become quite adept though at carrying a camera in one hand and a brolly to shelter it in the other while negotiating difficult terrain, and I only fell over once.

After returning to town I got a train to Taebek, just to get me a bit nearer tomorrow to my goal of exploring more of the South-East of the country. A great train ride (so much nicer than buses) through fab countryside of autumn trees, gorges, rocky outcrops and mountains, etc. However, when I got to Taebek I found out that the buses for the next stage were all in the evening for some reason, and that there was the option of a train, and soon, so I decided to push on as it wasn't dark yet and I wanted to make good use of my time. It turned out I had to get a bus a few miles (for some reason) to another place to get said train, but I got to Andong, and after much wandering around in circles with a faulty guide book map based on a faulty tourist map, I found the preferred hotel somewhere else altogether. I've got a great big room, my own PC, etc, all for less then 20 quid and surrounded by about 100 restaurants, and very near the train and bus stations. Perfect.



Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com
Entry Rating:     Why ratings?
Please Rate:  
Thank you for voting!
Share |