Latest posts by Nathan Anderson (see all)
- The Difference Between Sint Maarten and St Martin - September 18, 2017
- Five Things to Do in Hualien - September 9, 2017
- Riding a Scooter from Taipei to Taroko and Back Again - September 2, 2017
It’s been a long road. When I broke my leg at the end of April, I didn’t think it would be approaching autumn with me still unable to use my leg normally. I had the notion I would be at nearly full capacity in a matter of months, but life has a funny way of ignoring notions and doing its own thing. Slow recovery aside, I’ve really made an effort to not let the bum leg slow me down, and last weekend marked my first foray back onto the trails…
The most frustrating thing about injuries is that they take so bloody long to heal.” – Jason Statham
Suyeon and I were looking to do a small hike, something my leg would be able to handle, but preferably with a great view. Bogyeongsa — a temple at the base of a popular hiking trail — was the obvious choice, as it’s a short ride from Pohang and easily the best hike in the area. While the full trail goes into the mountains and visits 12 waterfalls, most of the best ones are at the start. That made hiking Bogyeongsa much more feasible, and we set out on my motorcycle to get the heck out of the city.
Perhaps the strangest thing about the area rears its head when you first arrive and find a parking spot. The whole walkway up to the temple is lined with overpriced Korean restaurants. One thing they all have, other than food, are these phallic bottles of liquor hawked as a tonic for male stamina. Subtle marketing, no?