We took her car to the nearby town of Roznov, and then took the bus up to meet the rest of the group.
It never did rain on us, but it sure was misty and foggy.
Hiking in the forest.
The trees looked pretty neat!
More trees in the fog.
Much of the hike was uphill.
Made it to the chalet!
There's a chalet at the top of Velky Javornik, one of the higher mountains in the area. It's a popular spot because quite a few trails lead up to there and so there were a lot of hikers and mountain bikers out, even though it wasn't a great day for weather. It's also a spot where hang gliders take off from, but certainly not yesterday!
Apparently there is a beautiful view behind us!
Our hiking group, with Miky (bottom left) and his three furry friends.
Came across this guy on the trail back down. He is a Fire Salamander (or "Mlok" in Czech!).
Blanka and Kevin, enjoying a cold beer after the hike!
They had a neat looking bike rack at the pub.
Turns out we did 14.8 kms (9.2 miles).
Made it back to Zasova, and went for an early dinner. Blanka knew a restaurant that was doing a roast duck special that she thought we would enjoy, and we sure did. It was roast duck with potato dumplings and cabbage. Really good meal, and at a good price! Ruth had a glass of wine, and the rest of us had a beer with our meal. Total including tip for the four of us was 650 korunas ($32.50).
Well, the sunshine has returned this morning, so we're off to do another hike! This time, we're headed for the tallest mountain in the area. Should make up for the views we missed out on yesterday.
We've booked our ongoing travel...tomorrow we take the train to Zilina, Slovakia! Another new country for us!