Monday, November 07, 2005


This was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen and a wonderful holiday away from the city of over 10 million people. It was refreshing to breathe in fresh mountain air and rediscover the joy of hiking. After this trip I've come to the conclusion that hiking is an activity best done alone--unless you're venturing too far off the beaten path. I think the nature surrounding us is most appreciated when we only have our own thoughts to accompany us; conversation only distracts from the sight, sound and smell of the mountains that deserve our full attention. Granted, Soraksan is a very busy mountain, but if you start early enough and hike far enough you're bound to get away from the crowds for at least awhile. (The rain on Sunday morning also helped with that)

This was the greatest meal I've had in Korea, partially up a mountain...Sanchae bibimbap (rice with fresh mountain vegetables, an egg and red pepper paste), pajeon or "korean pancake" (egg, wheat and rice flour and green onions pan fried), vegetable stew, salad and some vegetable side dish. It was delicious but I could barely eat half of it and it only cost 3,000Won (less than $3)!