Saturday, October 14, 2017
From Seoul we took a short bus ride to Daejeon...
This is the back entrance to Gyeryongsan. The hike up the hill into the park seemed tolerable. I quickly learned that if there is level ground in Korea they farm it or build a city on it. The rest of the country is either uphill or downhill.
The mountain forests are as lush as the hills are steep.
3.2 klicks didn't look as far on the map.
The Nammaetap pagodas at our destination.
Korea has no shortage of scenic vistas.
There are attendants who live at the shrine. Don't blame them; the commute is strenuous.
The leaves were just beginning to turn...
Buddhist temples are lavishly detailed.
At Nammaetap we sat next to the temple with an older Korean gentlemen with whom we discussed the perennial natural of the world's religions, Darwinism, and Richard Dawkins' "selfish gene." He is a molecular biochemist who does health research at a government lab. He shared the last of his coffee with me.
Then the descent, down a 1.1 km long pile of boulders some map maker decided was a trail. Cassie had no trouble on the descent, but my knees are shot and steep downhills over broken ground is hard on my hinges. Back to the hotel for ice and ibuprofen!
There is a monastery at the base of the mountain. It has pavement and level ground. Only a kilometer back to the taxi stand.