3.233 Grilled Shrimp

Cycle 3 – Item 233

25 (Sat) August 2012

Grilled Shrimp


by YYH

at Gyeongban Bungyo

-Gapyeong, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-

with DJ, MtG, MIT + AHY, LHS + YYH

Gyeongban Bungyo is a campsite.  Way up in the mountains.  It used to be a primary school, though I can’t imagine why kids would be living in the area or how they managed to get to the school and back again every day.

The original school building.
The main campgrounds.
Other campers probably looked at our minimalist set-up and thought that we’re amateurs.
Beyond the unusual nature of the site, the adjacent streams with gigantic boulders and whitish water rapids are the key attraction.

Amazingly, I didn’t go camping once all the summer.  The most recent occasion was at MtG’s wedding reception over three months ago in mid-May (see 3.128 Grilled Pork Chops in Mario’s Kick-Ass Barbecue Sauce).  Part of it had to do with the new cabin, which kept me busy most weekends.  Part of it had to do with the season itself: heat, humidity, bugs.  Part of it had to do with the ever-growing crowds of people, the mainstream popularity of camping having exploded during the past couple years, rendering most sites into refugee camps throughout the peak vacationing periods.  Old-timers like us, we now prefer to wait until things cool off, literally and figuratively.

Greyhounds, on me.

Though not quite entirely cool yet, we couldn’t wait any longer.  We chose a remote location, where it wouldn’t be too warm, where most other people wouldn’t follow.  In fact, the site is famous as a hardcore destination necessitating a 45-minute drive up along a treacherously winding and ruggedly unpaved path to get there, impossible without an SUV, 4WD required if muddy.  Once there, no electricity, no hot water, no toilet, no store, no phone reception.  Roughing it, a concept that Korean camping culture does not embrace.  For reasons that now escape me, MtG and I had our very first camping trip here, way back when.  Not knowing anything else, it seemed to us that this is what camping would be like everywhere.  Great to be back.



(See also CAMPING)

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