was a very sunny day when we ventured out of Seoul, onto the sleepy county of
where the Hantan River, in Gangwon Province, meanders from its source
in North Korea.
(Yes! From North Korea, where only they know what -or who- they
threw into the river! Hahaha!)
Hantan River, an average-sized river with cool
but murky brown
waters wide enough to accommodate several rafts and its
But it's not the rafting as serious as what Meryl
Streep did in 'River Wild', where she conquered the 'Gauntlet',
the rapids where
three rivers converged turning the pool into a deadly whirl pool
much like a
giant washing machine minus
your dirty laundry. Well, if you remember this movie
-- we did nothing like that. Hahaha!
Those types of rivers are for Olympians. We
were just city slickers trying to have fun in the Korean countryside.
we got into our raft, our Korean guide/instructor enumerated the do's and dont's
which we all tried to remember, even if we couldn't understand
Korean: (1) Row in unison with everybody.
If you don't, you will be thrown
overboard; (2) Be nice to everybody.
If you are not, you will also be thrown
overboard; and (3)
If you fall off the raft, just stay calm and somebody will
fish you out somewhere in the Yellow Sea.
That is, if somebody remembers to.
With an oar in hand, life vest on, legs strapped and a camera
around my neck, off
I joined Wei-nee, Delphine, Zach and some other friends to
cruise the Hantan River,
splashing the other rafters with our oars, pulling out
a couple of guys from a capsized raft
and enjoying the view, the coolness of the
water, while giving our arms a much needed workout with rowing.
wonder Meryl Streep was able to navigate the Gauntlet even with a gun pointed at
Rafting is such fun especially with these rapids, tumbling along the river
and even causing a few to capsize!
Thanks to the Dicapac waterproof
case. I was able to take lots of photos and a video!
I will definitely bring it
again next time!