Friday, July 18, 2008

North Korea - Hotel of Doom!

I get a kick when North Korea decides to rattle it's sword or show off to the rest of the world. It blows my mind every time I read/learn more about them. For example, the part about installing antennas even though NK citizens aren't allowed to have/use cell phones. And the propaganda.

Be sure to take a DMZ tour if you come to Korea. Interesting stuff that will hopefully be over in coming years.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Boryeong Mud Festival

Going to the Mud Festival was a last minute decision that turned out to be a lot of fun! We took a 2 hour bus ride to the little beach town that houses the annual event. They truck in tons of nasty mineral rich beauty mud. The outdoor event brings in about 1.5 million people during the one week period! They had local live bands, mud slides, mud wrestling, vendors, and lots of other local activities. Good fun!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tasty local food

My friend came back from a local vacation in Korea. Among his awesome nature pictures with his family was this. Click the image for the full effect. Apparently that long wormy looking one is a Hagfish, which enters a Cod via the Anus and eats it from the inside out. It was dead, but that didn't keep it from squirming when it first came out on the plate. Gross! He told me about those other items on the plate - none sounded much better.

Korean food has been growing on me, but I've yet to run across something like that!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

4th of July madness

Had to make the most of my last day home. I'd just come back from visiting Emma in Napa. A few hours of napping, then off. I managed to crash three different parties in separate areas! Good to see everyone. I'm ready to be back home!

Tahoe with the family

Typical family vacation for us - we were back home approximately 27 hours after departing. It's tough to get us all together at once!

It was a fun trip, though. Got a chance to lounge around the first day, enjoy a few nice meals, then went on a mini-hike at Emerald Bay.

Beautiful scenery at Tahoe! It was only a mile down, but felt like more on the way up!