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September 22, 2017 - Plitvice Lakes National Park
First cycling day - Plitvice National Park
Today we transferred from Zagreb, then got on our bikes and cycled to Plitvice
National Park where we hiked for about 4 miles. Beautiful sunny 70 degree day!
Within the boundaries of this heavily forested national park, 16 crystalline lakes
tumble into each other via a series of waterfalls and cascades. The mineral-rich
waters carve through the rock, depositing tufa in continually changing formations.
Clouds of butterflies drift above the 18km of wooden footbridges and
pathways that snake around the edges and across the rumbling water.
ABOVE LEFT - Ready to roll! The cycle tour begins!
ABOVE MIDDLE - Our first view of one of the many crystal clear and
vibrantly colored lakes of Plitvice National Park
ABOVE RIGHT - Judith and Sue celebrating our arrival at Plitvice (Plitvicka)
ABOVE LEFT - Judith on the road to Plitvice
ABOVE MIDDLE - Plitvice is one of Europe's most spectacular natural wonders.
Imagine Niagra Falls diced and sprinkled over a heavily forested Grand Canyon.
This pic shows Veliki Slap or Big Waterfall, the biggest of the park's waterfalls
where the Plitvica River plunges 250 ft over a cliff into the valley below.
Due to recent heavy rain, the fall is now a deluge.
ABOVE RIGHT - This was the beginning of Supljara ("Bottomless") Cave.
We climbed up through the slippery cave to another trail overlooking Lower Lakes.
ABOVE RIGHT - Most of our 4 miles walk around the lakes and past the waterfalls
was on these plank walkways. Often the rushing water was
overflowing onto the walks - especially high due to the recent rains.
ABOVE LEFT and MIDDLE - Plitvice is a lush valley of 16 terraced lakes, separated by
natural travertine dams and laced together by waterfalls, boat rides and miles of trails.
ABOVE RIGHT - On the plank walk as we approached the cave. Sue checking out the cave.
ABOVE MIDDLE and RIGHT - Lots of steps up out of the cave.
ABOVE LEFT - Last set of steps out of the cave
ABOVE MIDDLE - View from the top after exiting the cave
ABOVE RIGHT - Looking down at the walkway through the lakes
ABOVE - Looking down at a few of the falls
ABOVE MIDDLE - Crystal clear turquoise water with lots of fish
ABOVE RIGHT - One of many gorgeous lake views
ABOVE LEFT and MIDDLE - We have hundreds of waterfall pics (not to worry, I'm only
posting a few) - everyone was different and more spectacular than the previous one.
ABOVE RIGHT - Never-ending plank walkways around and over the lakes.
ABOVE - Another spectacular waterfall. I've tried to pick photos
that show the different lighting and settings.
ABOVE LEFT - Sunlight through the trees above the waterfall
ABOVE MIDDLE - Another magnificent lake view
ABOVE RIGHT - An electric boat links the upper and lower lakes.
ABOVE LEFT - On the boat back across the lake
ABOVE MIDDLE - One last lake view
ABOVE RIGHT - Our room for the night at Villa Lika
ABOVE - We loved this hotel. The food and staff were awesome!