The ferry left Yeongsan River Estuary on a two and a half hour journey to Hong-do Island, west from Mokpo. I planned to take the boat tour around the island, but by the time the ferry docked at Hong-do Island pier, I felt squeamish.
Instead, I climbed the steps leading towards the island’s power plant that arched along the eastern side of the island. By rocky outcrops on a warm morning, there were spectacular views in spite of the fog.
I kept debating the boat tour, which was the reason I’d decided to visit the island, but when another hiker told me it was a two and a half hour tour, I knew my stomach couldn’t last the distance. I looked towards the mountain looming over the tiny port town and set off to tackle Dadohaehaesang National Park’s highest climb instead.