JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia – Fall 2016

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Many of my regular readers will know that Miloš and I have made a few visits to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia; it’s definitely one of our favorite places!

Our previous visits were in winter, when the park was an amazing winter wonderland, and in spring when the weather was warming up and buds were starting to form.

(CLICK HERE FOR PLITVICE WINTER WONDERLAND)

(CLICK HERE FOR PLITVICE IN SPRING)

Our most recent visit was in October 2016. (I’m just getting a chance to post about it now!)

The weather was pleasant, and the entire park was open for exploration. (Parts of the park are closed off in the low season.) As I’ve mentioned before, Plitvice is about a two and a half hour drive from Miloš’ hometown, so it’s a very manageable day trip for us.  It was definitely the most crowded time of our three visits, with many tourists sharing the trails with us.

There were still a few colorful leaves on the trees, but most had already fallen.  I can’t help but think that if we had gone two or three weeks earlier, we might have witnessed more of fall’s spectacular colors.

There are a number of marked trails that you can follow, and we chose to take a walk all the way up to the farthest marked point of the lake area (map left), and then take the little shuttle back to the look out area that leads back to the starting point. (Starting point at map right.)

Map of Plitvice Lakes hiking trails

Map of Plitvice Lakes hiking trails

 

We started out at Entrance 1, and noticed some friendly local residents right away, trying to beg for treats at the little cafe…

 

Cats of Plitvice

Cats of Plitvice

 

When you first clear the entranceway and look upon the main falls, it’s truly a sight to behold: both majestic and delicately beautiful.

 

Main falls at Plitvice

Main falls at Plitvice

Posing with the main falls in the background.

Posing with the main falls in the background.

 

We walked some of the familiar trail segments we knew from previous visits, but also were happy to explore new sections of the park.  Posted below are some photos of our day’s adventures!

(Click on any of the photos to see an enlarged version.)

A few quick tips:
-Comfortable shoes are a must
-Bring water (definitely) and snacks. (A small bag or light-weight backpack is helpful.)
-Hike during the day, and clear the park after it closes
-Walk with caution, as there are no railings on most trails
-Dress accordingly for the weather – layers are recommended

 

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Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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