This is a route that took us to three small lakes high up in the mountains, to a place called Rohacske Plesa.
You can see how many different trails are available!
But first, we had to take the local bus about 9 kms (5.5 miles) from the town of Zuberec to a little village called Zverovka. We left our place at about 9:00am, and paid €0.80 ($1.00) each for the one way bus ride.
The first part of the trail (the red line) was on a road that had been closed to traffic. It's probably only open during the ski season.
We are headed up there!
When we turned onto the blue part of the trail, it became much steeper. This trail was very rocky. It opened up onto a small picnic area, where we came across a strange site!
This woman is wearing a different hiking outfit! And she was hiking...up the same trail we were. Never checked to see if she had hiking boots on!
Some pretty wildflowers along the way.
Kevin, on a steep part of the trail.
Tried another video...this one is 39 seconds long... Youtube video of our hike.
These funny looking goats were way high up in the distance.
This is about the half way point. There are three small lakes up here. There is another trail that leads along the top ridge of the mountain in the background. We'd like to do that one before we leave here!
Ruth, taking a break.
We are headed for this part of our route!
You can see the trail we came down through the valley.
More pretty wildflowers.
Back at the top of another ridge. We were headed in the opposite direction, but this is a trail we would like to do another day.
This was actually a lot steeper slope than it looks. The right side was a long way down!
Back where we came from.
And then there was a gradual paved yellow trail that led us back to the bus stop. We did 16.8 kms (10.5 miles) in six hours. Didn't stop very often, so it was a good workout.
We got back to the flat, and the landlady came and knocked on our door. Keep in mind that she speaks no English, and we don't speak enough Slovak to be of any use either! Turns out she needed our passports for the invoicing. No problem, she disappeared for a while and then came back with a bottle of something. She grabs a couple of glasses off the shelf and talking away in Slovak, prepares us each a drink.
One thing we noticed on our hike today is that there are a lot of wild blueberries. I tried some and found them not sweet enough for my liking, but Ruth thought they were okay. Well it turns out that they are used to make a popular homemade type of blueberry liqueur, and that's what this lady poured us. And there were still blueberries in it. Enough that you had to eat them with a spoon! And these blueberries tasted like they were full of rocket fuel! Heavy duty stuff! Obviously some kind of Slovak specialty.
Kevin, eating some really wild blueberries!
And so we had another great day. Not sure what's on the agenda for today, but it's tough to do two long hikes back to back, so I think we'll just linger around the village today.
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