Ulleungdo – A weekend on Korea’s exotic island

Exploring Korean exotic islands is quickly turning the summer of 2015 into one of the best of my life!  We jumped on the Seoul Hiking Group bus and headed to he eastern port of Donghae before setting up tents on the beach and waking up to the waves.  The 3 hour ferry from Donghae to 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 …

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 …

Seoraksan in autumn – Seoul Hiking Group

I love Seoraksan National Park, I hate early mornings.  3 am.  “I can do this!” I thought to myself. Nope.  I give up, you win this round nature.  I closed my eyes. 5 more minutes was all I needed.  Then I would be ready, after all Seoraksan is famous throughout South Korea for its fall Read More …

Seoraksan: getting to Dinosaur Ridge

Dinosaur Ridge, the name alone tells me that Seoraksan’s main ridge will likely be my favorite hike in Korea.  After a 3 am start I found myself at the first of MANY peaks just before lunchtime and suddenly wasn’t so sure.  But there I go, getting ahead of myself again. Getting to Seoraksan National Park from Seoul Go to Read More …

Jirisan: the ascent – Seoul Hiking Group

Getting on a bus at 10:30pm to wake up at 3:00am for a hike might not be most people’s idea of a great weekend but with Jirisan on the mind it sounded great to me!  I met Warren, Breanne (shoutout to you and the rest of the helpers cause you rule!) and the rest of Read More …

Saryangdo with Seoul Hiking Group

A midnight bus trip, wake up for a 6am ferry ride before hiking the entire ridgeline of an island?  Sign me up!  In early March I joined my first Seoul Hiking Group (shout out to Warren and his helpers!) outing to Saryangdo.  We had a bus full of hikers, some veterans and some beginners with Read More …

Sunsets, Sunrises and a new watermark

Over the last few months I’ve had a ton of great criticism about my photos.  Most people love them and are jealous of my travels but I do get a few complaints.  Other than my mom telling me to take less pictures of scenery and more of myself the biggest complaint has been my “distracting Read More …

Saryangdo & Goseong Dino Park – A sneak peak

This weekend I took my first trip with Seoul Hiking Group to Saryangdo Island, Goseong Dino Park and Topas Temple.  It was a phenomenal excursion thanks to Warren and his helpers from Seoul Hiking Group!  We jumped on a bus Friday night to wake up for a sunrise ferry to Saryangdo Island where we hiked the Read More …