Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hiking at Suncheon Bay

 
A few weeks ago, we took a day trip to Suncheon Bay. Several of our students told us that they like to go to Suncheon Bay with their families, and we would always ask them if they went swimming. Every time we mentioned swimming, we were met with a strange look and a laugh. Little did we know, no one goes swimming when they go to the Bay. Everyone goes hiking!


When we arrived and started the hike, we realized that swimming wasn't really an option around Suncehon Bay. The area is designed to let people get up close and personal with the scenic landscapes and the nature. You get great views of the water, but you just don't go in the water. We walked on a raised wooden walkway to protect the plants and animals below.


It was great to feel so connected with the natural environment and know that you were not destroying the habitat around you. We saw so many little crabs and other creatures scurrying around in the mud below. It was so fun to be so close to the crabs in their natural habitat.


The hike from the entrance to the observation deck on the top of the mountain  only takes about an hour, and there are numerous rest points, benches, bridges, and other surprises along to way.



The end of the trail is an observation deck with three levels. It provides an amazing view of Suncheon Bay and the surrounding coastal wetland. Well worth the hike!


You can see all the photos from our hike at Suncheon Bay on our Flickr page.

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