Seorak So Rocks

Sokcho, Gangwon Province, South Korea

October 27, 2014

Atop a tower of boulders, I staked my lofty spot with outstretched arms and a euphoric holler like a rock star, shades and chutzpah in place. But who was I fooling? There was only one rock star in the house, and that was Seoraksan, its rocky apex piercing the infinite blue of the sky. I didn’t have the cheek to believe I had conquered a mountain. Mountaineering never figured in the agenda for this day trip, or my life. I didn’t climb Seoraksan because it was there, but because I was there.

Seorak Rocks! @ Seoraksan National Park

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Twilight Zone, Tarlac

San Jose, Tarlac, the Philippines

May 2, 2014

The Twilight Zone that is Tarlac,” went a friend’s Facebook comment. No explanations needed, the landlocked dust bowl of Luzon was known for its endless expanse of farmland and nothing else. On a road trip with my homies, the province did feel like the middle of nowhere. Asked about our whereabouts, my friend Danson told it like it was: “I dunno.”

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