Geumo Island

May 29, 2015

A COUNTRY INCIDENT
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A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
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A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
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A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
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A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
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A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
A COUNTRY INCIDENT
The other weekend, I went with my friends Mary and Jeon to hike along the 금오도 비렁길, a cliff walk on Geumo Island. We took a ferry from nearby Yeosu to the island. It was a misty day; perfect conditions for hiking but fickle when it came to lighting. I toyed with my camera settings as we walked in and out of the woods, bursts of light around one corner and darkness around the next. My DSLR and I are still figuring each other out. We took lots of breaks to enjoy the stunning views and ate a delicious lunch of cherries, kiwi, and homemade kimbap. A fellow hiker gifted us each a fresh cucumber to enjoy on our journey. I have never gone hiking in Korea without receiving food from strangers.

These photos don't capture the beauty of our hike. Forest became cliffs, cliffs led to a vast grassy field, and eventually we exited the trail and arrived in a small, rural village. And at the end of the trail? Puppies!! We spent some time cuddling one in particular, a sweet and mellow little guy. We left the puppies and walked up to the main road, where we hopped an unknown bus back to the ferry and returned to the mainland. The trip back was peaceful and we napped on the heated floors and played varying versions of rock, paper, scissors. Have I described the significance of this game in Korea? It is an oft employed strategy - for children and adults alike - for breaking a tie or making a decision. Sadly, I am terrible at it. We drove back home and had dinner with Ryan at a delicious barbecue restaurant. It was a lovely weekend with lovely people.

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