Goseong Dino Park with Seoul Hiking Group

After a wonderful hike and bonfire we awoke ready for the ferry and bus ride to Goseong Dinosaur Museum.  The second part of Warren’s Seoul Hiking Group expedition supposedly sported the world’s largest collection of dinosaur footprint fossils.  After a quick nap on the bus I found myself strolling past life-size replicas of the monstrous beasts!

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The museum itself is requires a nominal fee and is very family friendly.  I opted to follow most of my group down a winding path outside of the museum instead.  After crossing a dino-themed bridge and weaving through the evergreens we came upon a beautiful bay.  In the distance we spotted Saryangdo from yesterday’s hike before our man-made path turned into a series of incredible igneous rock steps hovering over the sea.  _DSC9945 _DSC9952 _DSC9956 _DSC9957

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Saryangdo & Goseong Dino Park – A sneak peak

This weekend I took my first trip with Seoul Hiking Group to Saryangdo Island, Goseong Dino Park and Topas Temple.  It was a phenomenal excursion thanks to Warren and his helpers from Seoul Hiking Group!  We jumped on a bus Friday night to wake up for a sunrise ferry to Saryangdo Island where we hiked the ridgeline of series of 6 peaks.
Today we went to Goseong Dino Park to see some more great scenery and one of the world’s largest dinosaur footprint fossil collection.  On the way back to Seoul we stopped at the brilliant Buddhist Tapsa Temple carved into the mountain.  I can’t wait to get through the rest of my photos and recreate the trip for you but alas its Sunday evening.  Enjoy this sneak peak for now!

A new found sense of wonder for Dinovember

“in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.

Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.”

A couple that sounds like a great set of parents finished their post about Dinovember with that quote.  Dinovember is an annual event that they invented where their children’s dinosaurs “come to life” and wreck havoc on their house.  I love it, it inspires me to make my classroom even more fun and creative.  Anytime I hang a new spiderweb, decoration or piece of art I always pretend it just appeared the instant the students notice it.  I try to have them think of how it could have possibly gotten there and if there are some critters involved I turn it into a huge act, usually about how I’m afraid of said critter and they need to help protect me.  Then we always laugh and they realize that I just hung it up.   

As a parent, a teacher, or just someone who is around children it is essential that we help develop their sense of imagination and wonder.  They won’t be kids forever but if all of our children lose the creativity and imagination that comes with the simple naivety of being a child we are in bigger trouble than global climate change, oceans of plastic and all of the social injustices you can imagine.

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