Night Hiking in the Fall – Seoul, South Korea

Its been an incredibly busy fall with my the last 4 of my masters classes crammed into this semester on top of normal teaching.  I’ve been fortunate enough to take a few hiking breaks in Seoul and even got out to Seoraksan National Park and hiked Dinosaur Ridge again for some much needed nature time to de-stress and look Read More …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2015 #6

2015 brought me good fortune and even greater photos.  My camera followed me from New Years Eve with my family in New Jersey then back to Korea before enjoying Lunar New Year in Thailand and short stint in Taiwan for Buddha’s Birthday.  Then we went up a few Korean mountains and swam in stunning Korean islands before heading back Read More …

Bijindo – Take 2 on Korea’s Hidden Paradise

This weekend I took my second trip to Bijin Island (Bijindo).  Last time I called this slice of paradise a “hint of Thailand” just off the southern coast of South Korea.  This trip proved that to be even more true as the waters warmed up and the sun joined us for an incredible weekend.  The only Read More …

A guided hike up Dobongsan, Bukhansan National Park – South Korea

Bukhansan National Park is my favorite place for hiking in South Korea.  Korea has better views in Seoraksan or on Saryangdo but with a half dozen entrances near subway stations Bukhansan jumps ahead of the pack.  A few weeks ago I got the idea of hiking Dobongsan again.  I’d been in the park 5 or 6 times Read More …

Deep Sea Fishing & Fireworks at Hajodae Beach, Yangyang – Seoul Hiking Group

A relaxing day on Hajodae beach is the best medicine after a strenuous day on Dinosaur Ridge in Seoraksan National Park.  Ronda and I opted for a day of R&R instead of biking 50km along the eastern coast.  We were joined by a handful of other beach goers as yoga, sand castles & raw seaweed filled our Read More …

Hiking Dinosaur Ridge, Seoraksan National Park – Seoul Hiking Group

Walking through Seorkasan’s midnight forest we glanced skyward at glimmering stars when suddenly a bright light streaked across the sky!  Our hiking crew let out a cry of joy as a second shooting star ran across the heavens.  I know that was a god omen for my second trek along Dinosaur Ridge in Seoraksan National Park. Read More …

Bijindo – A hint of Thailand in Korea

Bijindo is an island just south of South Korea.  After enjoying a sunrise hike in Hwangmaesan we took the ferry from Tongyeong Ferry Terminal to Bijin Island (do means island in Korean).  The 40 minute trip went quickly as sea spray and fresh air came over the sides of the boat while a few seagulls entertained Read More …

Sunrise hike to Hwangmaesan’s Royal Azalea Festival – Seoul Hiking Group

Waking up at 4am is never easy, even when the bed calling your name is Seoul Hiking Group’s big purple bus.  We arrived at Hwangmaesan in the middle of the night as half the group snored away.  Most of us decided to let the cool mountain air wake us up and strolled through the undergrowth.  The sun began peaking Read More …

Pink Mountain, Bamboo forest & Macro Photography on Goeje Island – Seoul Hiking Group

The other weekend I was supposed to join Seoul Hiking Group at the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival.  This famous festival is flocked to by foreigners and Koreans throughout the country.  Too bad I missed the bus in the morning and missed Jinhae entirely!  Ronda and I scrambled to book another bus only to discover they were sold Read More …

Garden of the Morning Calm – Seoul Hiking Group

After an exhausting day and faux-rescue on Wunaksan it was time to relax at Korea’s Garden of the Morning Calm.  This colorful light show reminds many foreigners of Christmas and is fitting to visit in the winter.  Multicolored lights adorn trees and bushes throughout the massive garden.  Its a popular spot for Korean couples who can be Read More …