The beach near Monastery of Saint Nahum, North Macedonia.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Pogradec, Albania .

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Gjyrokaster, Albania on October 6th.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Well, that was a good day!

So glad we moved south. The weather has been much better. I don't think it rained at all yesterday!

We had been parked at a trailhead overnight, but didn't know anything about the hike itself. But we were overdue, so we had some breakfast and hit the trail not knowing where it was taking us.

And it was so wet and muddy! All the rain we've had hasn't had much of a chance to disappear and the ground is just soaked.

So nice to be out with some sunshine.

And blue sky.

The streams are full of water.

And the trail is full of mud!

Ruth, trying to avoid the mud.

But there are zero mosquitoes. Not even one!

The trail is a bit overgrown here.

The trail took us up to this lake.

It was a pretty spot.

Signpost for Morkavatnet Lake.

The box has a trail book and pen sealed in a Ziploc bag. Nobody had signed in since May 16th! 

Wild blueberries are almost ready.
We ate a few.

We only did 4.5 kms (2.8 miles) and it took us over an hour and a half but it was slow going due to the mud and water on the trail. My feet got soaked. You can tell Ruth's boots are much better quality than mine!

Back at Max, we packed things up and headed further south. We had to do a big bridge, and then a long underwater tunnel. It went under a fjord and it was 8 kms (5 miles) long. At one point, the sign at the bottom said that we were 260 meters (850') below sea level. Amazing how they can build things like this.

Going across the bridge.

And the light at the end of the tunnel.

We pulled into the village of Forde where there is a large parking lot sometimes used by motorhomes to overnight. The parking lot itself is nothing special, but the village has an interesting park called Rex Park.


Rex Garden takes its name from the Rhododendron Rex, a variety of the flowering plant that originates in Scotland. There are hundreds of rhododendrons in the park. There are also many other flowers and plants, and a bunch of wooden carved statues interconnected by short trails.

The waterfront in Forde has big stone picnic tables.

Wood carved statue.



The park is located on a steep hillside.


Have a seat!

Me, with two of the carved heads.

Carved wooden flowers. They were about 8' tall.

Muchrooms?

4 naked women.. carved out of a single stump!

Ruth, enjoying the view.

The view.



Sunset at 10:45pm.

Sunshine again this morning... we are off to do an interesting hike! Full story tomorrow!

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2 comments:

  1. Those carvings are awesome...love them. As for boots, sometimes it's quality that determines whether your feet get wet, but there are also waterproof vs. non-waterproof boots. Perhaps Ruth lucked into waterproof ones?

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    1. We enjoyed the carvings to but sad that the rhododendrons had finished blooming so it wasn't as colorful as it would have been. The village has done a wonderful job on the garden.

      Kevin's boots are supposed to be waterproof but you can definitely see a difference between his and mine and mine are better quality. I was also given a protective spray for mine that we applied before I even used mine, not sure if that made a difference or not.
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