Category Archives: Outdoor Adventures

A Korean Winter Vacation, Day 5 – Galbi, Fortresses and Castles.

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A trip to Korea cannot be complete without having some delicious galbi (marinated short ribs). And, apparently, Suwon, a city about an hour outside of Seoul, is famous for it! Off on the KTX train we went…

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Off the train station, my friend Matt (who used to live in this city many moons ago) directed us towards the fortress that surrounds the city: Hawseong Fortress, a UNESCO venue.

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We circled around South Gate, Paldamun, in the middle of the city to situate ourselves into some touring.

Our day trip into Suwon after the jump >>

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A Korean Winter Vacation, Day 4 – Culture Hopping.

Oh my hell it has been a long time since a post. I blame it on about two months of play and travel, but I’m back! Let’s get back to Korea

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Errr, let me see if I can remember…

My friend Matt was working, so my mom and I decided to take in the sights, a bit of culture-hopping if you will. First up, the Changdeokgung Palace near the Anguk Station!

A day of Korean culture after the jump >>

A Korean Winter Vacation, Day 3 – Army Life Followed by Shopping

The very first thing I booked was our DMZ tour (technically my cousin booked our flights, so yep, very first thing!). Reading through multiple forums on TripAdvisor, I figured it was best to secure our spots on this very popular excursion.

I chose the USO/Koridoor tour from the rave reviews. I also wanted the US military experience. So, was it worth the $80 per person?

A day at the DMZ after the jump >>

A Winter in Korea, Day 2 – Christmas Day Trip to Pyeongchang

It was our second full day in Korea and Matt, my friend and host, had the day off from work. I know that our next holy holiday is almost upon as I write this in April but it happened on Christmas, but you already know my excuses if you’ve been following along: school, work.

Well, anyway, in all my research for this trip, I really wanted to do one thing: ice fishing! And since there was only one ice fishing festival happening while we were there, Pyeongchang Trout Festival it was.

Oh, it’s also home to our next winter Olympic Games! Awkwardly enough, I had mistaken Sochi to be in Korea for the longest time until only a few days after they begun. Well, Sochi sounds Korean in my defense…

Moving on… so, we took the bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Jinbu. I couldn’t really find much in English, but ask a helpful, friendly employee to get you in the right place. We found that may speak English but may not always respond in English. There are several buses a day that depart to Jinbu, which is about a 7 minute walk to the festival location along the stream. I want to say the bus ticket was under $20 per person, maybe even under $15.

Christmas ice fishing in Pyeongchang after the jump >>

A Korean Winter Vacation, Day 1 – Seoul

Taiwan, Taiwan, Taiwan… I’ve been there many times over the years of my life. So, I decided I needed a getaway trip while I was on the other side of the country. What better place to go then a place with friends? Hello, freezing-ass cold Korea!

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Well, after we got in, we took the bus and headed up to my friend Matt’s house. Then, got some dinner!

The next day, we started off on our own….

Our first day in Seoul after the jump >>

Kayaking the Hudson – Freebie Fun in NYC

Last month, I went kayaking on the Hudson!

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That’s the Hudson River in the Big Apple – New York City, eh. Thanks Downtown Boathouse! This group of volunteers offers free gear, kayaks and light instruction for those wanting to go for a quick paddle in New York City.

Cat and I walked west towards Pier 96 during the pleasant Sunday of Labor Day Weekend and were on the water in less than 10 minutes of arrival.

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Upon check-in, the kind Boathouse fella’ had us sign waivers, gave us a locker key for phones and any other things we didn’t want to haul or get wet, then pointed to the PFDs and the kayaks. We stuffed all our stuff in the lockers (hence, the low number of photos), dawned a life jacket and set off on a tandem kayak.

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It was a blast. If we had prepared for it, we would’ve brought an extra pair of pants to change into (as did the family who checked-in before us). See those wet marks? That’s how you dry your butts.

Granted, the harbor is an enclosed space. They don’t allow you to take the kayaks out past the buoys since the currents are stronger and there are lots of big boats (we saw one or two cruiseliners). So, a few circles in the harbor and we were ready to head back into the city and try to rush another Broadway Show. We were there about 30-45 minutes?

if you’re in NYC and want to tackle your hand at paddling, this is the perfect way to do it! Free rental, kind volunteers who are there to instruct if needed, and no commitment! Give ‘er a try, but note they do close when weather becomes un-fair. Check their site for hours and more info (they also have kayaking at other locations).

‘SUP California?! Stand-up Paddleboard at Sunset Beach

A couple… no wait, it’s definitely been a few…. months ago, I sort of forced Brooke to join me on the water.

We don’t have an ocean in Utah! Total guilt trip card.

Sunset Beach Stand-up Paddleboarding after the jump >>