Walking through a bamboo forest in Damyang.

Walking through a bamboo forest in Damyang.

This woman is making one of my favorite Korean street food snacks called hotteok. It's a pancake filled with brown sugar or honey and cinnamon. This is a special kind of hotteok made with bamboo which is why it's slightly green.

This woman is making one of my favorite Korean street food snacks called hotteok. It’s a pancake filled with brown sugar (or sometimes honey) and cinnamon. This is a special kind of hotteok made with bamboo which is why it’s slightly green.

David and the South Sea, Jeju Island

David and the South Sea, Jeju Island

View of Chungbuk, the province I live in, from the air. This was on the flight from Jeju Island to Cheongju.

View of Chungbuk, the province I live in, from the air. This was on the flight from Jeju Island to Cheongju.

A burst of color at Naejangsan National Park.

A burst of color at Naejangsan National Park.

Fall hiking in Naejangsan National Park.

Fall hiking in Naejangsan National Park.

A fall stroll through Seonunsan Provincial Park.

Strolling through Seonunsan Provincial Park.

Sinsido Island, looking out towards the West Sea (aka Yellow Sea).

Sinsido Island, looking out towards the West Sea (aka Yellow Sea).

Sneaking in a selfie on a Sinsido Island hike.

Sneaking in a selfie on a Sinsido Island hike.

A persimmon tree in Seonunsan Provincial Park. I had no idea these trees were so talll! I also hadn't ever tried a persimmon until recently. They're really sweet and delicious.

A persimmon tree in Seonunsan. I had no idea these trees were so talll! I also hadn’t ever tried a persimmon until recently. They’re really sweet and delicious.

More fall colors at Seonunsan Provincial Park.

More fall colors at Seonunsan Provincial Park.

Grilled eel which I ate wrapped in a perilla leaf with rice and garlic. So good.

Grilled eel which I ate wrapped in a perilla leaf with rice and garlic. So good!

Early morning at Gusipo Beach.

Early morning at Gusipo Beach.

I walk down this sidewalk every day to get to my apartment. The pretty leaves are almost all gone now.

I walk down this sidewalk every day to get to my apartment. The pretty leaves are almost all gone now.

Fall in Eumseong.

Fall in Eumseong.

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