Day 2 – Plitvice Lakes, Croatia – 15th September 2022

We certainly felt a lot more comfortable making our way around the park today as it does take a bit to find how the system does work. It has overtones of the soviet era way of doing things. By this we can best describe by making a sandwich eg: one person to take the bread from the wrapping paper; another to put the butter on the bread; another to put the jam on the butter; another to put the top piece of bread on; another to cut it and put it on a plate and finally another to put it on a trolley and take it to the customer.

Even the way they explained the different walks around the areas was most confusing. You also needed a degree as to how the parking system worked. Anyway, enough about that. Today we concentrated on the lower lakes and waterfalls area.

From our starting point yesterday we took a different ferry to the end of lake 12 where we started our walk to go further downstream.

It was immediately apparent to us that the lower reaches of the network were more intenisve with waterfalls.

Our Croation vocab increased 100 fold and we learnt the word for waterfall – is slap. We can now confidently say that we saw a lot of “slappers” today.

There were lots of walkways to negotiate along with many steps and even more tourists.

The weather forecast was for a miserable day of wet, wet weather – we think their weather forecasters need to be retrained as we had not one drop of rain all day – thankfully.

Like a lot of beautiful spots in the world, our photos are not doing it justice.

We pinched this photo off the web to give you an overview between just two of the lakes.

We are talking 16 lakes that flow from one to the other with interconnecting waterfalls, smaller lakes and underwater channels

There was also this one large cave that you could go from the lake and right up to the escarpment. There is a myriad of cave networks in the area which they say requires intensive mapping.

This is the tallest waterfall in the park which we have named the Great Slapper.

A very noticeable absence is the rubbish. There were many parks workers going around picking up any rubbish of which there was very little. There were a lot of bins around the picnic areas which they encouraged you to use and not to stop on the trails to eat your lunch.

We walked 14 kilometers today which meant we turned our feet into stumps. The paths were well maintained as were the broadwalks and we just wanted to keep going around the next bend as the scenery was mindblowing.

There are beavers, wolves, snakes and bears in the area but with all the tourists around, they were way too scared to raise their heads. There was a distinct lack of bird sounds which we learnt was due to the war back in the 1990’s.  There was a lot of military activity in the park which created a lot of noise and the birds disappeared and have not yet returned.

Of course when it rains the waterfalls become a lot larger but as we are at the end of summer and Europe has had a very dry summer a lot of the slappers were not at their best but fine for us.

After five hours of walking around we needed to call it quits and rest our weary feet. This is our last day in the park and tomorrow we head back to Split.

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