While Grant and Adrienne were visiting, we made a 2 1/2 day trek to Jeju Island, since I'd never been there before and it seemed like the perfect time to visit. We got up very early in the morning and took a cab to the airport, since the trains don't run until 5:30 and our flight was at 6:30. We got to the airport about 4:50 AM and, as you can see from the picture to the left, the airport lights were not on yet and we were the only people there. We could have slept another 45 minutes, because the desk didn't even open until 5:30! Apparently, Gimpo Airport is so small, they push things to the last second.
To the left is Grant perfectly exhibiting the effect of waking up before 4AM.
We arrived on Jeju Island, took a bus to our hostel, checked in and headed out exploring. Our first stop was Sangumburi Crater.
The first thing we saw was this very accurate bathroom sign.
We saw no animals, which tends to happen when I am somewhere that is supposed to have a lot of biodiversity. (The other time was at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia, which is the 2nd most biodiverse place on Earth, besides the Amazon, and I saw 1 snake and some fish. And a butterfly.). Apparently, animals hide from me when they see me coming.
We were there just before flowers started blossoming and grass was returning to its natural green state, so it was slightly less beautiful than it would have been a couple weeks later, but there were still some beautiful views to be had!
There is part of the crater.
Grant and I unprepared.
Grant and I prepared.
After our visit to the crater, we missed the hourly bus by approximately 20 seconds based on the amount of time we waited for the next bus to come. People had told me having a car in Jeju is necessary. It was in those moments hanging around on the side of the road for 59 minutes and 40 seconds that made me realize why that was true. Unfortunately, I didn't have an international license and Grant wasn't able to get one before he came to Korea.
We caught a ferry to Udo island, or Oo Island since "do" means "island" in Korean. It is called Udo because Oo means "cow" and the island is vaguely shaped like a cow.
Grant wanted to rent 4 wheelers but I was the murderer of fun by insisting there wasn't time. He didn't agree, though later he agreed.
Udo island is a lava plateau.
Here Grant and Adrienne are on the ferry with the Korean flag conveniently showing what country they are in.
Grant and Adrienne midway up the hill. It was a little windy.
Caution! Falling off!
I think it's too late if that's your warning.
This picture kind of shows how steep this part of the hike was. But only a little bit.
Grant and Adrienne posing dramatically.
There's the burial mound.
The photobombing will never end.
We drove by some very beautiful beaches on our way around Udo island. The water was beautiful!