|Group shot at Lake Bohinj including our guides Jaka, and Timotej|
Triglav was no exception to the rule, Triglav Adventures picked us up early, and falling back to sleep quickly in the minibus, Timotej told us if we didn't wake up soon he was going to take us across the border to Italy to get some coffee. I don't know why I couldn't keep my eyes open (aside from 19 days of almost no sleep at all) because this was the day I had most been looking forward to. That said, I had a tiny bit of self doubt, as you can probably see from photo's I'm not exactly the type of person who is into exercise in a big way, and Emerald River Adventure is all about hiking, swimming and white water rafting. Triglav National Park is nestled between the Austrian and Italian borders encompassing the south eastern Alps, it's highest point roughly in the centre is Triglav mountain. The Slovenian's absolutely love Triglav, so much so that it is the emblem on their flag.
Our first stop of the day was at Jasna Lake, where Jaka- the guide driving the other minibus- told us all about Goldenhorn, the mascot of Triglav National Park. I was almost instantly awake and excited by more fairytale's, and the setting was gorgeous. It is lucky for you to touch the mascot's horns, or in our case ride Goldenhorn!
|Oh yeah I am holding his horns|
|The fairy frozen into the rocks|
|The view from the highest point of the Vrsic Mountain Pass|
|How beautiful is this?|
We headed off for lunch shortly after this, stopping via view point where you could climb some rocks slightly above the Soca. It's probably the most gorgeous view of the river, the place you can really see why it's nicknamed "Emerald River". Unfortunately we hit a traffic jam, yep, in the Slovenian Alps, and we ended up running so late for lunch that we got sent to a bakery instead of stopping in a café, but that was fine, we all managed to get something before we headed off to go white water rafting.
I was super nervous about this, I'm not adventurous, not in an athletic way at least (though I want to try base jumping one day). I'm a good swimmer, but I don't like feeling like I'm not in control & when you're rafting you're relying on everyone pulling together. Look out for more about it tomorrow, suffice to say I survived!
We avoided back tracking by taking what I can only describe as the Harry Potter car- train back towards Bled. The track cuts through a large mountain plunging you into darkness- and if you've got a cool driver they'll have a disco using all the lights of their car- for eight minutes. There is no road for this route, just the train track. You drink celebratory beers on the car train to celebrate an incredible day, whilst taking in the stunning views on the way back to Bled.
|Hogwarts here we come!|
Our very last stop was the gorgeous Lake Bohinj.
The magic of Slovenia has stayed firmly in my heart, refusing to budge for anything else. All I can say is, you've got to go, you've got to see this amazing country. And if you go, make sure you book this trip.
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