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Keeping Alive The Korean Love For Hiking, Thousands Of Miles From Korea

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All the feels for my Korean peoples out on the hiking trails and campgrounds, with their soju bottles...

Every Korean I know likes to hike. But not all of them drink Soju while hiking. 


Yes. That I know of. 

"One of the longest-running studies of aging, conducted over a period of 34 years in Alameda County, California, found that among the predictors of healthy aging are: not smoking, moderate drinking, having five or more friends, avoiding depression, and walking for exercise."

I wonder how a person avoids depression. 

Hiking helps, so double benefit.

So basically, people who hike live longer. Makes sense to me.

Gets you outside, gets you moving. 

Who knew Griffith Park was so good for hiking?

Griffith Park comprises 4,000 acres where dusty trails weave up and down the bone-dry scrubland. Every day, but especially on early weekend mornings, you'll find the trails packed with Korean hikers rocking hiking poles, face masks, and enormous visors to block the Southern California sun. There are Korean-Americans of all ages using the trails, but a good number of those hard-core hikers are in their 50s and older, immigrants from South Korea.

"You see grandparents, pushing their walkers up, walking with their canes," says 26-year-old Moonyoung Ko, a second-generation Korean-American who grew up hiking in Southern California with her parents and recently took NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji along for a walk in the woods.

One of Ko's favorite short treks in Griffith Park is the Amir's Garden trail. It starts so close to the I-5 freeway that you can hear the hum of traffic, and it offers a peaceful and verdant oasis at its end. There, you can take a breather and cool off on a bench in Amir's Garden before hiking on or heading down. It was named for an Iranian immigrant who visited Griffith Park regularly. After a devastating fire in 1971, the late Amir Dialameh brought plants up to this spot, one by one, to create the lush landscape.

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