Everyone (there were seven of us, plus Pedro) met around 1:30pm at the bus terminal, and Pedro drove us to Seomjin River, which is about an hour east of Gwangju. Seomjin River lies around Jiri Mountain, and the scenery in that area is just gorgeous. When we got to the kayaking site we were given helmets and lifejackets, handed a paddle, told to get into a kayak, and then pushed off. We all paddled around a bit by the site, waiting for our guide to join us. Once we were all in the water with our guide (who, being an expert in kayaking I suppose, didn't wear a helmet or lifejacket), we set off for our relaxing two hour trip down the river.
At first I wondered why we had a guide, but then I realized the river branched off many times, and the guide was necessary for us to know which branch to take. Often when there was a branch-off the water would get choppy, and the current could be quite fast and strong, which of course was a lot of fun as we would get splashed. Otherwise, the river was quite smooth and relaxing. It was a warm, sunny day, but there were many white, billowy clouds in the sky that masked the sun so we didn't usually didn't have direct sunlight on us. It was a perfect day to be out in the country.
I didn't bring my phone into the kayak, but another participant, Mallory, brought along a water-proof camera and took a lot of pictures. She said I could use her pictures on my blog, so the pictures on this blog post are all ones she took.
The kayaking site where we started from:
Isn't the scenery great?
The wonderful Pedro:
About 2/3rds of the way through, we stopped at a bridge, got out, and had a snack of apples and beer.
Our guide with the loaded-up kayaks: