Being dog owners ourselves, we’re constantly looking for dog-friendly hiking options. So, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite routes around the area to help take some of the guess work out of your weekend adventure in the countryside. As a rule of thumb, Eco-Parks and National Parks are typically NOT dog friendly (there are exceptions as you will see below). Also, please be respectful of other hikers that may not be comfortable around your “large” dog. Keep them leashed when necessary, clean up after them and don’t let them kill any of the wildlife 🙂
Lots going on around The Damyang House!’
- Replacement hammock finally arrived this week. What started as a seemingly harmless afternoon of cold beers and cornhole quickly took a turn for the serious when ANDREW BLACK destroyed my prize possession. Shortly after he lost 20,000won on the ol’bean bag court. Not a good day for Andy.
- Hosting Chuseok weekend for over 20 of our friends taught me one thing about The Damyang House: we were in desperate need of more comfortable seating. Our timing is a bit off, but we’re now the proud owners of four reclining camping chairs. Pretty damn comfortable and a built in beer holder in the armrest to boot. We’re ready for next year. *(the campfire fishing pole is one of the first things we bought when the house was finished…it’s even cooler than it looks!)
- Birdwatching seems like another expensive hobby I can’t afford, but it’s hard not to get wrapped up in it when you’re surrounded by wildlife. Ringed-necked pheasants, Ruddy Kingfishers and White-backed Woodpeckers are all birds I never even knew existed in Korea before the start of the summer. Patrick Blake (local birding legend!) will return next month to The Damyang House to celebrate spotting his 700th species (!!!) and hopefully use that fancy camera of his to help me replace some of the blurry cell-phone photos I’ve collected trying to document the aforementioned wildlife. Check out his website and learn something about the birds flying around the Korean peninsula. His photography website is worth a look too!
*Here’s a link to donate to the Birds Korea Organization if you’re feeling generous!
For the next couple of weeks these little guys will be popping up all over the countryside. By far the most psychedelic flower around these parts. Straight from Mars. They don’t stick around very long so get on your bike and head to the countryside soon!