Let me just apologize for my long hiatus. Unfortunately, the Army is pretty busy in Korea. Between administrative nonsense and this asshole (pic below) I don't have much time.
The good news is that in the past 3 months or so I have been able to do a few exciting things including traveling to Samcheok, South Korea to run a half marathon with the wife. And believe me, in Korea there was some strange oddities along the way. If terms like "boat hotel" and "penis park" don't mean anything to you, after reading this post they will.
Let's Start with the Race
THEY DON'T CLOSE ROADS- Lets talk about that one for a moment shall we. In America when we say the road is closed there are no cars on it. In Korea when they say the road is closed it means its closed (sort of) as in (sometimes) as in a bunch of Korean public/government officials running around like 10 year olds with batons playing traffic cop. I almost lost my life as tour buses flew past feet away from me. It did get my blood pumping but next time I would appreciate something less than a near death experience.
THEY DON'T BABY PEOPLE- I'm not as upset about this one as I think most would be. Marathons usually have frequent rest points (a.k.a water/gatorade stations) along the route. In Korea, its a about half of what you would expect. If your looking for some chocolate or a banana maybe twice every 13miles, and gu packs; as the Fonz would say "Forget About It". And medical support?- I saw a minivan on the side of the road with someone passed out laying across the back seat like a corpse so I guess the answer is yes they have medical support.
AND YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT A "BOAT HOTEL"?
AND THEN THERE WAS THE PENIS PARK....
Hwanseon Cave- The Largest Caves in Korea
Tucked away in what looked like a scene from Indiana Jones (above) was the Hwanseon Caves. This network of caves is said to be the largest in Korea so we didn't want to miss the opportunity on our way back home. After taking a spectacular cable car ride up the sheer mountain cliff face you find yourself at the entrance bellowing a wet cool air (below).
YOU THINK THAT STUFF WAS WILD- ITS JUST THE BEGINNING
To see ALL THE PICTURES from my Samcheok trip go to the Korea tab>Samchoek or click here. If you thought this stuff was strange believe me there's more where that came from. Stay tuned for a post about my latest trip to Jeju Island, South Korea and REMEMBER, if you find yourself in a travel situation just think what would Chuck Norris do?