On Walktober 2018

2nd October 2018 was a cool, rainy day. A tram takes us to a high point where we begin following the boardwalk through the dense forest before descending.

 

Stillness greets us as we look over the aquatic grasses to the calm water.

 

Water flows across the rocky outcroppings as we begin moving down.

 

While descending, the sound of the moving water is always present.

 

Lake to lake, water prevails.

 

Sometimes close …

 

… sometimes far.

 

After 90 minutes of walking, an electric boat calmly moves us across the still water to a new location so we can continue our walk. The ride shows us signs that fall colors were on their way.

 

After the ride, our walk continues along the still water, but now through a canyon.

 

The water continues to display its turquoise brilliance that we’ve seen during this journey …

 

… and very clear, too.

 

Walking leads us to more falls.

 

The upward journey out of the canyon allow us to look back to what we’ve passed.

 

To marvel at the high falls across the way …

 

… and to love the panorama view as we say goodbye.

 

That was our two-and-a-half hour walk in Plitvice (PLEET veet seh) National Park in Croatia. It’s a natural wonderland resembling something one would see in the Avatar movie.

Plitvice is a series of 16 naturally dammed lakes terracing down the mountains, through a canyon, and eventually into a river. It’s spectacular!

Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice is the oldest and largest national park in Croatia.

…. a magnificent sight in beautiful Croatia – a land with the strife of war not long ago (mid 1990s).

 

To see more of this natural wonderland, here are two well-done videos: drone view and personal view. (Plitvice is spectacular, so each provides a different viewpoint – so if you Plitvice impressed you, watching will be worth your time.

This is my contribution to Walktober 2018 hosted by Robin, a good lady in Maryland. I first contributed in 2013, but I missed last year. Here’s her Walktober post that will have links to others participating as pingbacks in the Comments. (I hope to visit all of them). I invite readers here to visit other participants – and hey – if you are interested in participating, Robin is a gracious and welcoming host.

To see my past walks, either click Walktober in the Categories sidebar or click here.

Happy Walktober!

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86 thoughts on “On Walktober 2018

    • Shimon,
      Thanks for walking along on my Walktober treat. Plitvice was stunning enough for us, and I can’t imagine what it must look like when the fall colors are on full display. Meanwhile, we are back from wonderful vacation. Getting posts ready about it will take time – besides, I have yet to post about our trip to many US national parks. Those will be coming soon.

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  1. Wow, wow, wow! Where is this? It’s absolutely stunning! There’s a place in the US southwest I think near Tuscon where you take a small train up to the top and then walk down a canyon. That’s beautiful to in an entirely different way. I love the concept of getting a ride up and then walking back down. Your walk was stupendous!

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    • Dawn,
      Glad you enjoyed this walk through one of the most unique settings I’ve seen. It’s Plitvice National Park in Croatia. I try to give a short description of it near the end of the post (after the walk). I’ve never heard of terraced lakes, let alone a series of them. Thanks for walking along.

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    • E R,
      I know people who have travelled throughout Croatia, and they loved it! We’ve been to two coastal cities (via cruise ship) and one other coastal time on this trip (actually after Plitvice). We enjoyed all – and travelling though the countryside was beautiful …. and with the sights of the 1990s war. Thanks for walking along this wonderland with me!

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  2. Frank,
    Marvellous! Wow! Have some mercy, please! My “spectacular” intake ability is on overload.
    Seriously, let’s have a glass of wine to celebrate your fantastic voyage, and another to your return. 🍷🍷Cheers!

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  3. So many wonderful places to visit, so much to see!
    I can imagine the sound of the waterfalls as I write, Frank, and am remembering a trip, of many years past, to a waterfall within my home state. It really is a magical sound; especially coupled with bird calls and the expansiveness of the surrounding nature. 🙂

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    • Carolyn,
      The world is many glorious places to visit – including those that one may not know/recognize. I’ve never heard of Plitvice until we signed up for this tour. Thanks for walking along to celebrate Walktober.

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  4. How absolutely breathtaking! Gorgeous! All of the colorful foliage is spectacular, but I really love the turquoise water. I like long walks and enjoy good hiking, but this would be a particularly special opportunity. It is interesting to think of all the strife in that region and then see it today!

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  5. Your photos along with the two videos sold me on someday seeing the Plitvice National Park in Croatia. Something else exciting about your post was that it led me to the UNESCO World Heritage Site which I plan to utilize for all my future travel plans.

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    • Eliza,
      Thanks for coming over for my celebration of Robin’s event. I always enjoy the walks by other participants.

      We were on vacation in late Sept-early Oct, and while walking through this magnificent park, I knew I had to get the post together after returning home. I knew it had to be shared because I never heard of this place before the tour! The videos I linked below the map help amplify the beauty.

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    • Debbie,
      Stunning. Before the trip I honestly never heard of the place – and now – WOW! Many of the waterfalls are so different than the normal. Meanwhile, Croatia is beautiful. I know several people who have done more extensive vacations there, and they loved it!

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  7. Everything looks so… I was going to say peaceful, but then I thought of the thundering of the waterfalls, the noise of the birds in the trees, the inevitable wildlife in the greenery… And I decided to say everything looks so… At peace with itself. 😊 😊 😊
    Thanks for sharing.

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    • SallyAnn,
      This place was peaceful because the waterfalls there don’t thunder. I invite you to see the video’s I linked below the map. Each isn’t long, but they capture this beautiful place very well. Thanks for coming over from Robin’s!

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