Picture Perfect With Sweat Beads And All
You don’t have to be picture perfect to go to the park, we rarely are. I should say, we’re actually always picture perfect for the park because those pictures would reflect exactly who we are and what we like to do at parks: walk, run, dig, jump, crawl, roll in grass, pick flowers and the like. And there are usually stains that come with those activities.
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It doesn’t matter what we’re wearing or what we’re even doing, inevitably a rock will have to be found, some dirt will end up in our hair and some flower petals will be plucked. I love taking photos of all of that nature fun that we have, in white sun dresses or in jeans and t-shirts. The sun shining down on us warms the air and makes droplets of sweat bead up on our brows and this summer on pretty much every other part of our bodies as well, but we still played on. The views were still gorgeous, the bugs were still crawling and the flowers were still blooming so, there we were.
We’re lucky to have parks galore around us in Seoul from Sky Park with tall grass that sways in the autumn to Nanji Stream Park that never disappoints with the tall meta-sequoia trees that give us shade as we walk beneath them and the plots of flowers that are cared for year-round. There’s no need to rush through and see everything because there’s rarely anyone else pushing by or trying to see something. We meander, wander and stroll always on the lookout for the wild bunnies that scamper here and there and eat tomatoes from our hands. The birds chirping above always make us squeal with delight as we can only assume they’re having the most humorous of discussions on the family that has come for a visit.
There can never be too much outside time. There can never be too much family time. There can just never be too much fresh air to breathe. Can there?
For the past few months we’ve made it a point not to rush through the park. Obviously our strides are quite different between adults and a toddler so at times it can seem like we’re not moving a foot… and then we realize, we’re not moving a foot. Someone has decided to take four steps and sit down because a caterpillar has caught her eye and it’s crawling in the opposite direction from that which we were headed and so everything else has ceased to exist. Do we need to even go this direction? Well, I guess not. And so we turn to see where this caterpillar will very slowly slowly, almost achingly slowly, take us. It’s slow enough that it makes that little kid that somehow now makes all of our decisions gleeful and so we stop and idle and wait to see where we will go next.
Isn’t that just the way though? Why do we need to rush through a park anyway? The whole point of going is to be outside and just see what we see and do what we do, right?
This month we found the flowers blooming and the paths clear of people so we took the opportunity to get some shots while enjoying that oh so important outside time we crave. What is your favorite park or forest or place to enjoy for a break, some rest and relaxation?
서울 마포구 성산동 487-359
487-359 Seongsan-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
Subway: Worldcup Station, exit 1. Walk straight to the main street and turn right. Walk straight along the large road and Sky Park will come up first across the street. If you want to go to Nanji Stream Park, hop onto the Mapo local bus 08 at the bus stop under the bridge just outside of the stadium and get off a few stops down the road.
Bus: 7011, 7016, 470, 670, Mapo local bus 08
1. Noeul, Sunset, Park
2. Haneul, Sky, Park
3. Nanjicheon, Nanji Stream, Park
4. Nanji Hangang, Nanji Han River, Park
5. Pyeonghwa, Peace, Park
Haneul Park & Noeul Park
Jan: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Feb, Oct: 9:00am – 7:30pm
Mar, Sep: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Apr, May: 9:00am – 8:30pm
Jun, Jul, Aug: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Nov, Dec: 9:00am – 6:30am
Pyeonghwa Park & Nanjicheon Park
Open 24 hrs. a day, year-round
Parking, wheelchair rental, restrooms, sports facilities, jogging/biking paths