Tag Archives: volcanic region

Xinbeitou and Thermal Valley

Thermal Valley conjured up images of bubbling pools with the smell of sulphur wafting along the valley. Once I left Xinbentou Station, I followed a well-maintained pathway by a stream searching for my imagined Thermal Valley. Continue reading Xinbeitou and Thermal Valley

The other side of the mountain

There were two trails — one to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak summit that I had already climbed with a $5 entrance fee, and a free trail. I headed to the latter. Continue reading The other side of the mountain

Jeju Island’s Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

As I relive my trip through these posts, I’m forever thankful that my three weeks in South Korea were back in October/November last year before our world changed. I’m following the situation in Korea as much as my own country, and marvel at Korea’s latest adaptation I heard on CBC news this morning — Seoul set up a drive-in movie (remember those?) that sold out in ten minutes! Continue reading Jeju Island’s Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

In search of an oreum

I started along this fifteen kilometre trail in Jeju’s Saryeoni Forest, but planned to hike only five kilometres into the forest to reach Mulchat Oreum. This volcanic parasitic cone was where Hwaguho Lake, a crater lake was located on its flat summit. Continue reading In search of an oreum

From Wellington to Rotorua

Volcanic fumes, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua – photo courtesy Andrew McMillan – wikimedia.org

As I headed north towards Rotorua, the eastern side of Mt Ruapehu loomed ahead, but unfortunately, the day was overcast and clouds floated over the crater shaped summit. Continue reading From Wellington to Rotorua