The weekend before last, myself and Jason decided that it was time to check out how our new tent was and went camping. While we were packing up that morning Willy knew something was up and got so excited.
There are two options when camping in Korea. The first is to go to a designated camping area. This is a nightmare for most foreigners. They are overpacked and full of people. I don’t understand it as camping is usually an activity that you do to get away from people. The second is to try to just find a spot and camp there. We chose the latter.
Our initial plan was to go to a beautiful riverside area that we had seen before and try to set up camp on a small sand spit there. On our way we passed the beautiful Cheontaesa temple.
Once we arrived at the area we saw that there were groups of school kids all around and it was quite busy. We went to the area that we were hoping to camp at but saw that there were people near there too so we sat down and ate lunch trying to decide what our plan of action would be.
After checking out a few different beaches, we decided to camp on Imnang beach. Unfortunately it was incredibly windy so we had a difficult time starting a fire to cook with but once the sun went down, the wind eased up a bit and we were soon eating some hot dogs and keeping warm.
We had a surprisingly comfortable sleep and kept warm for most of the night. We didn’t even wake up until 8 a.m. A first for us!
But alas, the morning also brought the wind back and it proved even more difficult to light a fire. After nearly an hour we finally had hot coals and put some bacon on the fire for breakfast. The bacon turned out really good but silly us, we very nearly started a grease fire and nearly burned the tent down! Luckily Jasons quick thinking and kicking the fire in to the sand saved us all except for the tent which managed to get a few small holes in it.