Jump for Joy!: Gangwon-do River Trek

Over 4th of July weekend, I headed out with a tour group to Gangwon-do province. The province is known for its mountains, rivers, and great outdoors in general.

Snuggie…a gag gift from a coworker from Passages cos my office, “the lil old house” was freezing. Little did we know snug would travel around the world. So handy in freezing cold, air-con tour buses.
How to feel alive: jump!
we all took a break from the hike to jump off a smallish cliff into a pool of agua (sorry, Mom if you’re reading this:~).
a few of us kept climbing back up the rocks for more. so invigorating.
we stayed at a beautiful guesthouse in the countryside, where I made friends with the owner Denny. Denny took me around his farm, where we picked berries together to add to his freshly made yogurt. His gardens were absolutely gorgeous and I had so much fun roaming around, learning about everything he was growing. The fresh food also came in handy since someone forgot the peanut butter and jelly for bfast :~)
fresh berries
bobisu berries…the tree is from india, where legend has it that Buddha himself prayed under the bobisu tree. in chinese medicine, fruit’s health benefits correspond to what organ it looks like. I think the bobisu looks like a little heart! Maybe it’s a heart opening fruit?
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a few of us at the end of the 5 hour trek…exhausted and happy and ready to feast on bimbimbap~
All of these weekend trips out to the countryside have turned my idea of Korea completely around. On top of seeing the beauty of Korea, it’s giving me the opportunity to meet a whole new set of people each trip, catch up with like-minded souls from previous trips, meet the local people/culture, and experience some yummy food, too.
To anyone coming to Korea, or someone who is here and not too thrilled about it: I’d definitely say get involved with a group like this as soon as possible…I wish I had sooner!
kimchi kisses**

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