We were going to use Saturday as a day of rest, but because it was turning into such a nice day we figured we shouldn't waste it just in case Sunday wasn't as nice. (So far, Sunday is great too!)
So we did another hike, but this one was just a short one, at 9.5 kms (6 miles). Still, it took us four hours! We decided to do it after lunch, so in the morning we did some grocery shopping, had our lunch, and then set off at around 1:00pm. We had to do about 2 kms on the road just to get to the trailhead. And then we went up.
The beginning of the trail headed sharply higher. One foot after the other!
Only 10 minutes into it, and we already had a nice view!
And then it started getting interesting!
We had to rest every five minutes or so.
Up, up, up.
Up, up, up!
Ruth, being funny!
Forty minutes into it, we're getting some great views.
This trail is not only for mountain goats!
Up, up, up!
Now, I have to interrupt this beautiful hike for some serious venting. Ladies, this is directed at you! We all know that we have to go for a pee sometimes. And, occasionally we have to go for a pee while we're on a hike. Of course for men, this is a simple event. For ladies it's obviously slightly more complicated, but you have to go, so you have to go, right?
Now, most of you ladies are prepared for this possibility and so you are smart enough to bring some toilet paper along with you. But, most of you are apparently not smart enough to bring a little zip lock baggie along to put your used toilet paper into.
And so you get this!
Now I guarantee you this is not the work of men! Is it inconvenient to be a woman sometimes? Sure it is, but suck it up and get rid of your garbage properly! Yeah, yeah, this stuff will just disintegrate in a year or two or five, but in the meantime while your toilet paper is disintegrating, someone else does the same thing and these nasty sights never disappear!
Ruth totally agrees with me, and yes, she does carry her used paper back with her!
Now, back our main event.
Of course there was a beautiful view of the town of Terchova from the top.
While we were going up, we were thinking to ourselves "boy, sure glad we're going up instead of down". Sometimes, these steep sections are more difficult going down than up. But our route down was going to have more than it's fair share of obstacles anyhow!
Only about a 200m drop on the right side!
Here's a link to a 20 second youtube video of Ruth going down the trail.... http://youtu.be/NzaIQCXqQ6M
Kevin. Don't look down!
Some interesting rock formations.
Anyone else think this looks like Mao Tse Tung?
And that was about it. There's one more hike we'd like to do in the area so we're tempted to stay another day. Well, we have all of today, but we really need a rest! Scheduled to leave here tomorrow though, and we probably will. There is lots more we want to see in Slovakia, and time is flying. We have two full weeks still though, and then we have to be in Budapest.