Published: August 8th 2011July 18th 2011
The first day walk
Talking with our guide Jeroen
Active Holliday Slovenia 2011-08-08
During my leave in July 2011 it was bad weather in the Netherlands and most of Northern Europe. Planning to enjoy a small trip to test my new camera my first idea was NORWAY!!!! But bad weather, then I saw on the internet from Labyrinth a nice trip to Slovenia, active, challenging: Canyoning, hiking, rafting, kayaking, climbing and allot of nice and crazy people!
Thursday I booked the trip and Monday I was around 1 o’clock I was in the bus on my way. I sat between a group of teens heading to the coast of Croatia. When I prepared for the trip: taking a nice PALM beer, plate of tapas and cashew nuts they looked strange…..hearing them say: did we take beer? Made me smile and remember my first trips. After 14 hours we arrived around 4.00 night time at the camp and took a short sleep in the kitchen of the camp. The surrounding is very nice with rivers, mountains and allot of green. Now the group starts to know each other a little, we got tents appointed to us (I had my own) and in the afternoon we went for a short
Crazy people at rest :)
The group we went on holliday (not including all)
hike to a bunker from the war up the mountain. My legs had top get used to the steep slope, but I could keep up with the 18 year old guys……when on the destination we looked over the valley and our guide explained some history of the area and the war between the Germans and Italian and Slovenian. Why do those Germans fight every where…
When heading back we passed the town for some shopping, food, drinks and ….yhea you want to know what, im not gonna tell you! You maybe find out further in this story. In the evening we all ate in the camp where for a small amount we could join the food which tasted so good….and it was healthy too. After we started up the campfire and enjoyed the good time with a good beer and some chips.
Because I am now for my job in Spain and I write this in the evening hours it will be not too long, maybe later I add some more
What did we do, first we went for a nice practise canyoning called the playground with many small slides, jumps and walks….imagine several people in
wetsuits (nice and tight) walking down a river and jumping from rocks, sliding over natural slides and splashing in the water…..its amazing (Duinrell made by nature). One jump was very nice, you had to walk on a big rock and holding a rope, then turn to the drop off. Let loos and aim where you jump 4 meters below. This was so cool (when the cold water runs in your wetsuit). So after I signed immediately up for the extreme canyoning!!!! In the afternoon we went for rafting, with our team “De Spetterende Spaters” we went down. The water was not very fast but our guide could tell nice stories and we did some nice games (made a slide from our raft, trow every body from board and making some circles). When we had a little difficult track the people from the left side had to jump to our (right) side. They jumped to fast, I was not holding them and we with three people went overboard. It became chaotic in front was a increase of current, two (including me) could manage to reach the raft and enter, one was caught in the current and we had to use all
Jungle Speed 2
The less relaxed state of the game :)
our force to keep him out. The guide threw his emergency rope and we rowed as hard as possible against the current. This was good team work!!
After returning from this trip I was quit tired but in the camp people played volley. I never did that and did not knew the rules….as normal I was to dodgy and hit the ball to hard with my fist….but it was fun and I learned allot (Thanks Gemma). In the evening we went to a restaurant for dinner with the whole group. Where first I found out that part of the group was with a Christian organisation. There occurred some healthy discussions about faith and believe with respect from and for both ideas. There where eye openers for me that I never had expected (and yes they can be fun, allot of!)
Later the weather was a bit worse and inside we played games, my new favourite game: JUNGLE SPEED (thanks Jeroen for the many burses and scratches) it’s a game with cards with different figures and colours. When you have the similar card you need to grab as fast as possible the wooden totem in the middle. When holding
Walk up for Canyoning
A nice walk in wetsuit trough the nature, nice and sticky
the totem together there becomes a struggle and the one last holding it won. And it became late………………
Day 3 in the morning we did the extreme canyoning, this is a track much can be said about it, but one word: AMAZINGGGGG!! Higher jumps, longer slides and in the middle one huge drop-off of 50 meters. Abseiling by a rope and feeling the water splashing down on your head, this was a very good experience one never to forget.
Followed by some nice group photos we went further. One jump the water was very low and I landed wrong on my ankle which twisted. Well you cant go back so you continue. Then we had a good jump into a cave and you felt the temperature drop. When finishing this trip finally we did the world famous salmon dance! Everybody lays head in to the current and pretends to be a salmon (if you don’t understand I can show you the movie). Back in the camp my ankle was swollen badly and I had to keep rest, that is something I am very good at……NOT.
In the afternoon we went for a kayaking trip, not using my ankle
it could do no harm….pfffff well we went down with the kayaks and peddled down the river, we had a very nice group and with some people we had lots of fun. Only my paddling skills in currents where bad, circling down the current and once getting upside down when it was not planned. The pictures tell the story much better than me.
In the evening during dinner (pancakes) we played a competition air hockey, this was nice and the winner won the first desert pancake with cream and chocolate.
One day of rest and it was bad weather so we stayed inside playing games.
Hiking, it was planned for 2 days to reach the highest point of Slovenia, but due to snow on that height it was un possible to go up there. So instead we did a one day hike of 9 hours…it was hard for my ankle but we managed. Especially the long slope down hill was hard to do.
The last day we went for climbing, to bad the normal track was occupied by other climbers and we had to go to a much more difficult track. But we did our best
Dare them, I wont :)
and had lots of fun.
There are more photos below