Back in November, Alex had some time off and we took a trip to Sokcho on the east coast of South Korea. It is an area that is north of the 38th parallel and was once part of the north which made it an interesting place to visit. There were lots of sections of the beach lined with big barbed wire fences and dead end roads. But it was nice to be on a beach in the polluted “sunshine” even if it was a little dirty, man-made, and cold. I mean, it’s still South Korea.
Koreans love their seafood and it’s always fresh. Like, really really fresh. I don’t particularly care for their style of seafood (live octopus? nope.) so we struggle to find restaurants when we travel in Korea. This is a pretty typical restaurant front. The crabs weren’t even nearly the grossest things in there and you can probably about imagine the smell…
There really wasn’t a whole lot going on in the city so we spent some time wandering around and exploring.
We spent an entire day at Seoraksan National Park. It reminded us a lot of Colorado, with Korean flare.
We had just missed the fall colors at their best but it was still gorgeous scenery.
We hit the trails for a hike. As it turns out, Owen really loves hiking. We didn’t move very fast so it took us quite a while to complete the four mile out-and-back. We had to stop and hug every big rock, take a picture with every big bridge and admire every waterfall.
This. Everywhere we go.