We should've been clued in to how the day was going to go by the way it started. We ended up leaving the house nearly 45 minutes late because C refused to go #2 on the toilet. I KNEW he had to go, because he kept trying to hide (his move when he needs to go #2). Eventually I sat him on the toilet and waited it out. To make a long story short and to save you from the details that go with a #2 story and him from complete embarrassment down the road when he reads this blog, let's just say that he finally let the boat float (or whatever saying tickles your fancy) as I sat on the bathroom floor reading him and Parker (who was sitting in my lap and HAD to be in the bathroom action) a book. By this point it was way later than we wanted to leave to stay on schedule with lunch and naps, but we went ahead with our plans since we already told the boys we were going to a park.
The drive went okay until we got to the end of the directions on GPS. Following a foreign GPS even if it is in English is difficult when the country has crazy intersections and 25 letter street names that are three letters off from the street before it. When we got near the Children's Grand Park, we saw signs leading to it which helped along with our GPS directions. Then, all of a sudden, all signs along the street stopped and our GPS told us we had 5 more minutes to drive before we were there. Following the GPS, it led us up the mountain through narrow streets to someone's house. Knowing the park had to be nearby and wondering why all street signs suddenly disappeared, we drove back down the narrow streets.
|Some of the streets we drove through were even more narrow than this and had cars parked on both sides. It was very difficult to get through!|
|We found a Police Station on one of the streets.|
So we parked and set out to discover what this Children's Grand Park was all about!
|This was a store on site of the park. Boxes stacked up and squished in is the norm around here, because there just isn't a lot of extra room anywhere.|
|I couldn't get him to take even one bite of his PB&J sandwich, but he did eat a banana and goldfish. Lunch of champions. :)|
While the boys ate, we watched some volunteers play games with children passing by.
After eating, we started walking toward where the map said the zoo was. Upon arriving at that spot, we were greeted by closed gates that looked like they hadn't been opened in quite some time. Ugh. We told the boys the animals were taking a nap so we couldn't see them today. Bummer. On we went with our hike...literally.
|Some of these trees were gorgeous that we had to walk through to get to where we thought were more children's activities.|
|You can see people having a picnic on the right.|
|We kept walking and walking and found more people stopping to picnic by the water while the children played in the shallow river water. Maybe this is what it meant by "pool" on the internet???|
|We walked up these ramps and then continued until we reached the top where there was...|
|nothing but a little waterfall and more people resting.|
|I have no idea who this man is, but I wanted to take a picture of this pretty area that we unintentionally hiked up to. He was smiling because he was staring at C & P. :)|
Since we didn't come across anything related to a children's park, we walked down the mountain and tried going up a different direction on the mountain. It was quite another hike up this mountain, but at least the scenery seemed promising.
|The view of another mountain from the door of the Children's Hall.|
|I'm not sure what it is, but it sure is massive.|
|The Environmental Science Room|
|As soon as the boys saw the shark's mouth, they took off. They know exactly what that is! Unfortunately, they didn't have any live sharks in here, only little fish in small tanks like you might see at a pet store.|
|These Korean boys were having a blast working together oaring this boat.|
Don't get me wrong. This place was lovely. It is an amazing spot to spend hours hiking and looking at nature and even a great spot to stop for a picnic by the water. But that's not why we went to the Children's Grand Park. We went there with hopes of hours that the boys would spend running around on playground equipment and gazing at animals. And should I even mention how fun the ride home was with two boys who missed their regular nap time and didn't get to play like we thought they were going to (Can you sense my sarcasm here?!)? Even though this adventure didn't end up the way we would've liked, we put the boys down for naps as soon as we arrived home with the promise of ice cream when they woke up.
|This was after we got ice cream and were walking back home. This is a restroom changing area and shower that you can pay to use on the beach. They also sell suits, towels, etc. outside.|
|A crowd was gathered along the beach to listen to people perform instruments and/or sing.|
|You can sit at these tables and order drinks while you watch the beach action and listen to the band playing. You can see our condo in the background (the blue buildings).|
|There was a volleyball game going on.|
|A man was painting next to this lifeguard stand.|
|Now that's one way to tie your baby to yourself. I guess it was the grandma's turn to carry the baby. :)|
|Here are women and men's shower/changing areas next to our condo.|