Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Day 4 of The Jeju Big Swim: Tuesday, August 4th, 2010. In the morning, Sherrin and I left Pyeongdae at 6:15 a.m., and landed at Hado's westernmost beach at 10:30 a.m.

Although only 7.5 kilometers in 4.25 hours (about 1.75 kmph), we took a lot of breaks, including two on land, and when in the water moving were progressing fast and strong through shallow narrows.

HEAVY fog blanketed us the first few hours. The initial 2.5 kilometers to Sehwa were eery, but peaceful. Quiet. Like a swamp. Passing by Sehwa, the fog started to lift ever so gently. Around the bend, we hit bathtub deep water, rocks all around, no movement. It felt like a small tributary approaching the Mississippi River. Clear water, small freshwater streams entering the South Sea, villagers looking us over left and right. Curious. Friendly.

Out of Sehwa, along the coast we went by Yongmunsa Temple, Seokdawon, and Byeolbangjin, approaching Tokkiseom aka Rabbit Island.

From the scenic island, we eased into Hado's secondary beach, strewn with heaps of garbage, ready to be taken away or forgotten.


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