Thursday, October 30, 2008
Mountain, here I am.
Yesterday all of the teachers at my school, about 40 of them, went hiking on a mountain. I thought this would be nice leisure time for a peaceful walk; I was wrong. A healthy middle aged teacher suggested that I and some other younger teachers reach the summit of the mountain. I thought this sounded like a good idea at the bottom of the mountain; but after the first hour and a half of hiking I began to get rather tired. Hiking in Korea is a really popular sport for the older generations, and thus I happened to be the youngest person on the mountain that I saw. So while I am having trouble hiking this mountain there are 50-65 year olds climbing the mountain with no problem. Once we got to the top it became really steep and slippery with a long drop; thus I did not get any good picture from the very top of the mountain due to personal safety constraints. The pictures I posted of the cityscape was about maybe 3/4th up the mountain. And by the time I actually got down from the mountain I was extremely exhausted. Although I would like to go hiking in Korea again at some point, I feel like I should probably work my way back up to that level of a hike. Next time I plan to start with something a little less extreme, where I'm not climbing up a slippery rock 750 meters above the ground after being already exhausted from a steep and hard hike. All in all, it was a great adventure, and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to do it. I needed a good work out, and that's what I got. Plus there was a great meal waiting for us by the time we got back to the bottom of the mountain.