Sokcho City, the R.O.K.

AUGUST 15-17 - Trip to Sokcho and Seorak-San National Park, in Northeast Korea

Cast of characters sitting on the floor of the bus station: Me (in Adventure hat), John, Katie, and of course the beautiful Allie (she's the photographer)

...and yes, I hang out in bus stations.

We started the trip in traffic... a 5 hour (by schedule) bus ride turned into a 9 hour bus ride.
Balls. We arrived at night, and rather than going to the mountain campsite, we just decided to camp on the beach.


*some were opposed to calling it "Fort Cool." I don't know why. (ahem, A.)

(It looks like A. almost got swallowed up in the sea, but I assure you, she's just looking for shells.)

We started on a high: Beach party, corn dogs, beer, and a high-stakes "screw the dealer" game.
Later: spilled beer in the tent, sand all over everything, rain, leaky tents.
3am: Woke up in a puddle because our tent didn't have proper walls.
Allie's side of the tent somehow didn't get wet at all and she laughed maniacally when she saw me shivering in a puddle.

Fireworks on the beach. I mean we're in Asia, right?

Huge Buddha. I didn't include the picture of me giving it a high-five, nor did I include the picture of Allie sitting on its shoulder.

Hiking at Seorak-San National Park. Behold the senic beauty.
It was rainy. There were falling rocks as well.

Carnival in Sokcho City - And we rode THE VIKING (their only ride) and I almost barfed up my 30-piece chicken dinner.

The bus ride home: more traffic, but there was a TV showing the R.O.K.'s women's olympic ping pong match.


Jeju Island, the R.O.K.

JULY 28 - AUGUST 3 - trip to Jeju Island, 60 miles off the southern coast of the R.O.K.

Our ferry... Allie and I rode 3rd class, so we were just in an empty room with a bunch of Koreans. Mid-way through the night, some old man had stolen Allie's blanket. Very weird. Also, they stared at us the whole time. This picture is of that room... but it just looks like yoga class.

Allie as we're leaving Incheon port... and then the beer company sent us money cause the picture is cool. Fun fact: All Koreans are obsessed with blond girls.

Seagulls followed us for a long time.

This is a picture of the ferry's engine blowing up.


Looks like fun, doesn't it? Well... at about 3AM, we were over open ocean (no longer along the coast) and then the boat started rocking like crazy, so I spent the next 4 hours throwing up. Awesome!

FINALLY we were coming to the port at Jeju City.

These statues are all over Jeju-do... they're "grandfather protectorates," and they're literally everywhere. They're made from porous volcanic rock.

One of the many waterfalls on the island

Another small island off the coast of Jeju-do

Koreans like to stack these little stones up all over Korea. I think it's for luck.

Allie on Mt. Halla

The majestic scenery of Mt. Halla


Thumb-war tournament advertisement

EW they have hand-made Man Doo. Weird, right? Because it's my BUTT that makes my Man Doo... y'know... not my hands.... Get it?