Day trip the Plitvice Lakes
Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
35Trip End Nov 24, 2009
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The ferry boat was freezing out on the water, in the wind. We could definitely see our breaths and even mist (or fog?) coming off of the water. It was really mystical and perhaps even a little spooky. When we got off the ferry, we started our hike all around the Lakes. The water was so beautiful- completely clear and a perfect mixture of green and blue. You could even see hundreds of trout floating around (it’s illegal to fish there) in the water. We saw some really pretty waterfalls- small and large. We even came across a cave area and hiked up into two caves. They were small compared to the ones we’d recently been in, in Slovenia. But still pretty cool- mostly because of the location and the thought that bears may have previously inhabited them.
After the caves, we continued walking (literally water level) on these wooden bridges to the biggest waterfalls. They weren’t running too strong, but there was still a good amount of water coming down from them. The waterfalls are just below 200 meters high. Near them we saw a sign for a lookout point and ended up hiking up 200 meters worth of stairs, till we were pretty much eyelevel to the waterfalls. The lookout area was really cool because the leaves on all the forest trees up there were bright orange and so many leaves covered the ground that you could barely see the path
We took the ferry back to the main Lake entrance, hiked back up the hill, got our bags, and set out to the bus stop. We’d been told that since the bus stop we would have to use is not a normal stop for bus drivers, most of them blow right by you without stopping. So the best way to get picked up would be to step out into the road, wave our hands, and jump up and down. The guy who told us how to get to the bus stop said it was 50 meters away. Of course, it was probably at least 5 times that far. So once we realized this, we started walking faster and faster because we knew the bus would drive by us at any moment. When we were about 100 meters away, we could see the bus stop, with a girl already at it
Thinking back on the last year of travels, I realize we always seem to be running late to catch a train, a bus, a subway, a tram, something… Whether it was the four of us (Andre, Amanda, Diane, and I) or just Andre and I, we’ve had to run for quite a few things. It’s always exciting and gets your heart pumping (especially when you really have something to lose if you miss it). And the funny thing is that I don’t remember ever missing anything (at least anything important). We always seem to make it just in the nick of time.