The end of July and the first week of August was my summer vacation. I hadn't planned well enough in advance and decided I wanted to see more of Korea. I had seen a trip with Seoul Hiking Group where I could bike around Jeju Island, which is an island just a couple hour ferry ride south. Sadly, no one else signed up for this trip so I joined the regular trip that would take day tours of the island.
We waited about 3 hours, had breakfast, and started our ferry ride to Jeju. It was mercifully a very smooth ride but I took some motion sickness medicine to be on the safe side. For the three hour journey, most of the people on the trip slept or watched the coverage of the Olympics opening ceremony.
I did get to enjoy some delicious black pork that is famous on Jeju. A myth or possibly the truth is that these pigs used to be fed from the crapper and what they ate turned their meat dark. Anyway, this pork did not look like pork but it was definitely worth it. We got ten orders of 300g and even with 12 people, all of us left the restaurant stuffed! The best part of this restaurant(we went twice) was that they came and picked us at our pension and then brought us back.
|the delicious pork|
|view from the balcony of our pension. We had a nice view of Hallasan.|
Day One was spent on a bus going from the Naive Forest or Gotjawal which has trees that are up 500 years old. It also had traditionally made wood carving statues. These happy faces were following us all around on our walk through.
After the forest we went to Loveland, which is a park that has tons of erotic statues and art. The whole place is known for being a destination for honeymooning couples, but we also saw some young families walking around. There is an art gallery in one of the buildings that holds dioramas of different situations that all revolve around sex; boys in a classroom with a female teacher(not very dirty), couples in a love motel, and what can happen outside a bar.
|YAY I'M DONE!|
|Pretty little pond on the way out of the maze.|
|The sunset on fire.|
|Ah, makes me think of the days I spent on the beaches in Puerto Rico.|
|Art and Julia on the pole.|
|I made it!|
|This is how I burned my back really bad that day. Did not reapply my sunscreen going down the other side and I had a nice sports tanktop burn. -.-'|
|A korean man demonstrating the proper way to advertise Korea's beer Cass|
|Melissa, Katharine, Art, Caroline, Julia, Chelsey, Kevin, and I|
|The Koreans pack all of that on there backs and bring it up plus alcohol. They know how to hike|
|On the way down the other side, it was much nicer and we had a lot of stops to take photos.|
|Yeah, it said it was only 1.3 km to the bottom, it still forever.|
|Melissa and Kevin skipping across the bridge.|
The whole area around the crater is part of the UNESCO heritage and there is a lot of different things to see. The rest of the day we went to see the Hexagonal Rock, the Grandmother rock, a black sand beach, and a waterfall that goes into the sea.
|Getting a photo taken by a Korean dad and son.|
|The Grandmother rock|
|The waterfall that goes into the sea.|
|The last night on the beach, great times.|
|The view outside my window at the pension.|