A bunch of hiking pictures

I’ve been lazy about uploading pictures lately.  Today I don’t have to teach elementary, so here is a big batch of hiking pictures.

The first gallery is from our first real hiking trip.  We went to Seoraksan National Park with Ben (a Canadian English teacher) and Mihyun (his girlfriend, also an English teacher).  We hiked to Ulsanbawi, a rock formation in the park.  When I say hiking, I mostly mean stair climbing.  The heavily-traveled trails are pretty tame, for the most part.  Certainly strenuous, but not technically difficult.

The giant buddha is a bronze statue near the entrance of the park.  The other statues are at a shrine on the beach that we visited on our way home.

These pictures were taken from a hill near our apartment.  It’s wooded and there are some trails going up it.  It was a hazy day, so you’re not necessarily looking at smog.  The city is a bit smoggy, but I think it’s usually a mix of exhaust and smog.  It’s not the prettiest city I’ve ever seen, but also not the ugliest.  (This is an unattractive angle, however.)

These pictures were taken on our second trip to Seoraksan Nat’l Park.  Erin and I went alone, and it was insanely busy.  We should have known better than to visit a popular park on a holiday weekend.  We hiked a an easy trail up to a cave in the mountains.  It was a beautiful walk.

These pictures are from last Sunday.  We went to a small mountain near Yongpyeong Ski Resort with Ben, Mihyun, and another teacher.  It was a gorgeous walk, but we got a late start and the trail was a lot longer than we anticipated.  We turned back about halfway up.  I didn’t take many pictures, but the changing leaves are gorgeous.  Korea is pretty if you can get out of the cities.

More writing to follow soon…


8 Responses to “A bunch of hiking pictures”

  1. Mom on October 15th, 2008 6:56 am

    Thanks for posting the pictures. It’s nice to get a look at some of what you are seeing. It’s also really nice just to see a photo of you and Erin. We miss you and having a good look is kind of comforting. I know, I’m sounding like a Mom! Seriously, the country looks beautiful. Next time send some photos of the people you work with and some of your teacher friends so we can put faces with the names.


  2. Lois on October 15th, 2008 3:38 pm

    The pictures are beautiful…the mountains, the streams, the trees, the people:) I can see why you venture out on the weekends to see what is out there. Nice to see pictures of both of you also…makes it seem that you are closer. Salmon is good! Just enjoy.


  3. Evan Lowe on October 16th, 2008 5:40 am

    A full beard now, eh? Looking good… I knew you’d come around. And I’m wicked jealous of all the stuff in these pictures. Mostly, the trees that are growing out of the mountain rocks and the shrines. We don’t have that so much around here.


  4. Anna on October 16th, 2008 6:46 am

    Looks pretty! Campus is starting to get really autumn-y too, I love it. Also, I like the beard, it’s looking properly mountainous to go with these hiking pictures.


  5. Tim Marco on October 19th, 2008 10:40 pm

    That all looks so awesome. I can’t tell you how jealous I am that you and Erin are having an adventure life. Except for the whole dog-eating thing. I have no desire to do that. But otherwise, it’s looking rad.


  6. Sandy Kramer on October 29th, 2008 11:37 am

    I’m finally getting around to reading your updates. I love the photos! Especially the one with you and Erin. The full beard reminds me of your dad in his younger days! Sounds like you’re enjoying your adventure.


  7. Ashley on November 3rd, 2008 7:12 pm

    Dang, Korea is beautiful. Maybe I’ll get to see it first hand while you guys are there.


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