Hyun-oo and I had a very late start to our roadtrip…like 10pm. The first thing we had to do was say goodbye to Ari. We had to drive her for about an hour and a half to drop her off with one of my friends in Andong (안동). What should have been a sad goodbye was actually more of a relief…
Ari sounded as if she were being mercilessly tortured for an agonizing two hours. My head could not tolerate the noise. Hyun-oo, who loves Ari more than any other animal, gave me permission to kill Ari and end everyone’s misery. Hyun-oo noted how it seemed like time had been flying by this week but somehow Ari made it stand still. I think even Sue breathed a sigh of relief to see Ari go.
Around 2~3am we arrived at our first destination-a valley (계곡) in Samcheok (삼척)…the same city with the penis park. We set up our tent on one of the few remaining empty platforms and slept in.
In the morning, we took a dip in the icy river water, ate an unhealthy meal of ramen noodles, and went back to sleep. Well, I got up every now and then because I was not tired. Plus, I dipped Sue in the river (against her wishes) to cool her down whenever she started panting.
We did not leave until around 6pm. We took one last dip in the river and started packing up. As we were loading the car back up, we got approached to pay 20,000 won for our platform. If Hyun-oo had argued out of it or if we had left like 10 minutes sooner, we could have gotten away with a free stay…dang!
(I put some pictures up in my Samcheok album, starting on about page 3)