Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Plitvice Lakes (Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera)

As I said before - Croatia is beautiful.  Plitvice lakes is a series of cascading waterfalls in a Karst region.  We had to drive about 3 hours out of Dalmatia and into Slavonia. to see them.  The park is also the place that the war in the 1990's started - the very first casualty was a park ranger here.

As we walked through the trail, I kept thinking how much my father would like it here - fantastic scenery and good hiking.  Then we ran into the bane of Croatia - tour groups.  My dad would actually hate it here because of them.  Lines of people 20, 30, or 40 people long, all trudging behind a stern woman holding an umbrella in the air; clogging the path and not allowing anyone to pass (or any peace and quiet).

As horrid as the tour groups were, the lakes were still astounding - I would recommend that if you choose to visit here; you spend the night before in one of the lodges, so you can hike in peace before the tour groups from Zagreb, Ljubljana, and Split show up.
Slug at Plitvice amazingly like a Banana slug like you might find in California - only Black

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