AKA Plitvice Lakes National Park
B-ri’s favourite way to travel in Croaita. To Plitvice!
Before heading to Plitvice we stayed in a small down called Rastoke that is built right on top of a waterfall. In some cases the water goes right though some of the houses. I really should make an album just for this town, it is pretty amazing. Look at that, I did!: Rastoke
Depending on the parking lot you use you may start your day on a boat. Here I am waiting for said boat. “Waterfalls, I’ve seen waterfalls before, what’s the big deal anyway?” As a side note, the boats are all electric powered so they don’t pollute the pristine lakes.
We came all this way, and this is the waterfall? Let’s get out of here.
Okay, this place is pretty spectacular, let’s go for a hike!
Not a bad place for a hike at all.
The park is full of wooden walkways that keep your feet dry but also protect the delicate scenery from tourist damage.
These were the only available signs to help navigate the park. “Only 24mdabs to go” or “12 more ha’s till the next lake!”
The boardwalks across the lakes are spectacular (Note from 2018: My co-worker was here in Aug 2018 and says they boardwalks are jam packed full of tourists now. Go in the off season.)
Plitvicka park is just under 300 square kilometres in size and contains 16 lakes.
Between each lake are a series of waterfalls. There are over 90 waterfalls in the park.
There are a number of boardwalks that weave between the waterfalls and lakes allowing you to explore the area.
Along the way we came across this little guy. He didn’t seem to scared of us. That and the colorful dots mean not poisonous. Right? Or perhaps that is the other way around?
We also came across this little guy who I assume has some kind of super power. The park is also home to bears, lynx, foxes and 50 other mammals. Since it was made a park back in the 1940’s it has been protected for a long time.
I’m told the lakes change color depending on the amount of sun and time of year. As the amount of sediment in the water changes it will also change the color. Everything from Grey to green to blue.
Based on B-ri’s height I’d estimate this waterfall to be about 150 feet tall. The tallest waterfall in the park is 78 meters tall. That’s 255 feet for those that prefer freedom units.
This photo gives you an excellent ideal of the scale of Plitvicka. If you look closely you can see some tiny colored dots in the photo. Those dots are people.
Plitvice is named after the natural phenomena that resulted in the formation of the lakes. Sediment from river would build up and form a natural dam creating the lakes. Or if you prefer the local folklore, after a long drought a mystical black queen descended on the area and blessed the area with an abundance of water.
Unfortunately, when war broke out in Croatia in 1991 the Serbians started the first armed conflict at Plitvice. Often referred to as Bloody Easter there was ethnic cleansing of the Croats in the region and the park suffered a fair amount of damage.
Fortunately, by 1995 the Croatians regained control of the area and the park was rebuilt back to its original form.
At the end of the day we went back to Zagreb where we had this delicious Croatian meal. The owner of the restaurant was a big fan of the trailer park boys and had a good chat with us about Ricky and Bubbles. http://www.konobabukara.hr/