Trip Start Oct 03, 2007
Trip End Oct 12, 2008

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

The fall colors have been spectacular lately.  Koreans pride themselves on their four distinct seasons... in fact, some Koreans seem surprised to learn that other countries outside of Korea also share the four seasons.

Sangin is cradled by peaks to the East which swing South-West into the range that are visible from my apartment window.  The name of the mountain due East of Sangin is Apsan; which literally means Front Mountain.  It was the departure point for myself and two other MoonKkang teachers, Mike and David.

The initial climb was steep and the first thing noticed was that most hikers were much older.  Any children who were dragged along were done so kicking and screaming.  About a half hour into our hike we came upon a temple of some sort.  We were surprised to find a Jeep had managed the steep ascent after joking that this must be where Land Rover filmed their commercials.

While Mike and David explored the temple further up, I was approached by one of the residents.  He kindly offered me a pear and apple along with a knife with which to cut the fruit.  After the rest, we continued along, finally reaching the ridge, which offered some amazing Autumn views at one point and Daegu's urban sprawl at the other.  Someone remarked that the city looked like a giant switchboard - a fitting comparison I think.

I feel so fortunate to have these mountains as a temporary escape from the city.
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