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 one thing in common; a love of the outdoors!

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This was my first trip south out of Seoul and it turns out we were about as far south as you can go.  The 5 hour bus ride was spent with what I’ll dub the “beer snoozes” (a well thought out plan of mine) before we enjoyed a sunrise from our ferry.

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Upon arrival we broke out some of Warren’s secret fruit stash (Warren was our guide and amazing trip organizer).  The roughly 60 foreigners gorged ourselves on apples and bananas as we strolled up the road and along the grassy path to our “pension.”  A “pension” is a type of Korean lodging that consists of 4 walls and a floor.  We needed 3 to house everyone along the algae ridden bay.

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