Dinosaur Gosangol (고산골) Apsen Park, Daegu

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A few weeks ago, while we were heading to Suseong Lake (from the direction of Camp Walker) we passed by a sign for a dinosaur kids park at the edge of Apsen Park.  We decided to check it out and put “aspen park” into our Waze app so that it would get us to the general area.  The above photo is taken looking away from our parking area and towards the road/direction we came from.  I believe the far building on the left is a Spa place.
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Looking towards the park hedge trail from parking lot.
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The path is so relaxed and stroller friendly–there was even classic music playing on the lamp post speakers.
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Just below the trail was a little kids area near the parking lot.  This view is from looking to the left of the trail.  Take the trail left to get to the Dinosaur Park.  It was less than a mile away.
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 The sign was talking about fossilized dino tracks below in the creek bed.
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There were lots of elementary school group children out on field trip on this particular day.
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This was my favorite part!  The kids get to use old brushes to pretend to uncover dino bones.  Ava loved it.
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We walked out of the entrance, past several street restaurants and ended up eating at a fun cafe called Cafe San.  They did not speak any English but we pointed to a couple things on the menu (no pictures), and ended up with a surprise.  Haha, so it wasn’t what we thought it would be but we made the best of it.
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It’s best to take a picture of the menu and use your Google Translator app to decipher it.
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We ordered two “sets” which are combo meals, but in this case, instead of it coming with a drink (water is always free of course and you often help yourself to a water dispenser machine in Korean restaurants) it came with two Americano coffees.  We were unaware it came with the coffees and had already paid and left the building when a server came running out with the coffees on a tray.  It was a chilly day though so I didn’t mind the extra warmth from a hot drink.
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We thought we had ordered meat dishes but we got soup instead.  I didn’t take a picture of the clear broth soup with delicious dried seaweed on top, but I managed to get a shot of this solid bean soup with noodles.  My advice?  Maybe try to avoid the bean soup…noodles were good though! 😉

 

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens

 

In the town of Kaneohe on the island of Oahu, there is a beautiful, large botanical garden, and there is even a lake that you can fish in (catch and release).  Its the perfect place for a picnic or even just a drive on a Sunday afternoon.
My husband and I parked at the visitors center and walked to the lake with our 15 month old in a baby carrier.  The lake is only accessible by a walking path and you cannot drive there.  It’s about a 10 minute walk if you’re being leisurely–which you should because the walk is quite beautiful. 🙂
We found out later that you can rent free fishing poles at the visitors center!  There were several families that brought blankets and snacks and let there kids fish for fun.
Yet another hidden gem in the lovely town of Kaneohe. 🙂