Winter wonderland at plitvice lakes national park
Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
18Trip End Jan 11, 2010
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Thanks to my (expired) UC Berkeley student ID which I made reference to but did not actually present for inspection, they sold my dad and me both half-price student tickets. Win! They explained that most of the park was shut down because of the snow, but that we could hike to the big waterfall and back. We set off on our way
But back to hiking – we wandered around the series of small lakes and then climbed up into some caves where we saw enormous icicles dangling dangerously above our heads. Everything was quiet and still. We waded through snow following any path we could find, and sometimes making our own. I took about a million photos, and found it really hard to edit them since they were all so amazing, so I'm including a deluge of pics along with this post. You’re welcome.
Eventually we decided to head back to the car where we were greeted by a small, very cold, very homeless kitten. She kept meowing in a hoarse, throaty voice, and lifting her paws up, one-by-one, out of the snow to keep them warm. It was heartbreaking. I tried to persuade my dad to adopt her, but instead we ended up giving her our last prosciutto and cheese sandwich since she looked so cold and miserable. If she does have owners, please be aware that she’ll probably never eat regular cat food again. Seeing her made me miss my own kittens, who are home alone in Brooklyn, and probably very lonely and bored with nobody’s face to purr on or attack at 5:23am.
Did I mention that Plitvice Lakes was amazingly beautiful? Highly recommend it to anyone who makes it out to Croatia, totally worth the trek. But I should get to bed, tomorrow morning we are waking up at 7am to drive to Venice for the weekend. Ciao.