Paklenica

By on 10-25-2013 in Croatia 2013

A few days ago 3 of us, plus Professor Davison, went to Paklenica National Park where we were about to hike up to the top of one of the peaks. The road went partially into the park and we parked inside of a valley between two of the mountains. We got out of the car and saw rock climbers going up the side of the mountains. There were varying degrees of difficulty, but from what we saw, all the “routes” to the top were pretty steep. Apparently Paklenica is one of the premier rock climbing locations in Europe. After admiring the climber’s skills we began our hike. The beginning was really pretty. You walk along a wide path going slightly uphill while walking beside a stream. We followed the stream for a little ways before we came to a Y in the path. We took the steeper of the two paths. Before to long the path turned into a switchback winding back and forth up the mountain. One of us thought it would be a good idea to try to cut through the undergrowth and go straight up the mountain and try to reach the next part of the trail. It was not a good idea. After that little escapade, we all stayed on the path. We soon reached our halfway point which was located at around 500 meters high. There was a cave there, but it was closed. We rested and ate and then continued our hike up the mountain. After that cave, the trail was much steeper and much less traveled.  It was definitely more strenuous than the first half. We enjoyed ourselves however and eventually made it to the top of the mountain. The view was spectacular. From up on the peak we could see the Adriatic Sea. I found this impressive because we had driven directly away from the sea for about an hour in order to get to the park. Unfortunately the pictures could not capture the sea. The picture, for whatever reason, could not see through the fog, but I will never forget what I saw up there. There is just something about being on top of a mountain that is exhilarating. The peak was 836 meters high, according to our map. After we took some video, and many pictures, we began our descent. The descent was definitely much faster than the ascent. Once we reached the Y again, we decided to follow the trail that we had not been on yet. Professor Davison knew that there was a sausage restaurant down the way at some point. We continued walking along the stream and after forty minutes or so we came to the place. We each ate our sandwiches, they were delicious, and then started the walk back. We did stop shortly to take some pictures of a pool of water in the stream. One of the guys really wanted to jump in, so he did, as did Professor Davison. The other two of us did not go in because the water was probably around 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit. That would be 13 to 15 Celsius. After their refreshing dip into the pool we walked back to the car and drove back to our home in Zadar. Overall it was a great experience, and I would definitely do it again were I given the choice.

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  1. Those pictures are gorgeous! I cannot believe that they jumped in!

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