On a warm Saturday afternoon in October my friend, Eunji, messaged me and asked if I wanted to take a day trip with her to 소무의도 (somuuido), a small island off the coast of Incheon. I thought about it for a bit and decided to get ready quickly and we decided we would meet at the airport to travel the rest of the way together.
I have been to an island before just driving around, but there wasn’t really much to look at, so I figured maybe this little island will offer a little bit more to see. I ended up late because somehow in my mind I convinced myself the bus was faster than the subway (this is rarely true taking the route I chose). Once we got to the airport we took the free shuttle to the last stop and got off and decided that we would walk our way to the ferry. It was only about a 20 minute walk from the last stop and we got to enjoy some fresh air and the smell of low tide.
We walked onto the ferry with a bunch of cars and people, it is a very short 10 minute ride across the water to the island 무의도 (muiido) which is connected to the smaller island we were headed to. We fed quite a few snacks to our seagull friends who dangled and swooped above our heads for a bite at our shrimp crackers. Once we got to 무의도 we boarded a small local bus to take us to the other side of the island where we could walk across the pedestrian bridge to 소무의도.
Unlike the previous island where we disembarked from this island wasn’t stuck in the mud. I tell myself if I’m going to the beach I’d like to see some water on the horizon and I don’t think it is asking for too much.When we got to the island we were greeted with a bunch of ajummas and ajusshis (women and men in their 50s to 60s) who enjoy hiking and can be quite pushy on the walk paths. We let a group of 12 go ahead of us as we decided what our plan of action was.
We hiked from one side of the tiny island all the way to the other and stopped at the snack shop to grab some ramyun to have with our kimbap. We asked the store clerk if it was okay to sit by the beach with our ramyun if we brought our trash back and he said that was fine. So we found a spot on a big rock, put out a blanket and relaxed eating lunch with a nice ocean front view. It was nice to listen to the waves crash as we ate and caught up on each other’s lives. I think we spent a good two hours sitting there in the sun enjoying the weather, scenery, and conversation.
As it was time to head back we decided to take a different path around the island, which was much shorter than we anticipated. We took a bunch of photos throughout at the scenic spots on our way back. All in all it was a lovely day to get away with a friend I haven’t seen in a long time. I got to smell the ocean and enjoy one of the last few warm days of the year. All in all I’d say that counts as a pretty fantastic day.