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Zip- Lining adrenalin and Emerald River Tour

Woke at 6am to a beautiful day reaching 26 degrees. Popped over the road to the supermarket and bought fresh bread rolls and eggs and made some lunch to take out with me today.

We departed from the Mamut Tour office down the road at 9am with our guide Luka and 2 other girls from the Netherlands. Luka is hard core mountain guy who would happily live way from civilisation up in the mountains in his mountain hut he built himself. For 20 years of his life he was into extreme sports and has broken nearly every bone in his body doing canyoning, white water rafting, paragliding, mountaineering, cycling, skiing etc.

This part of the country is famous for all the extra sports available and several people die here every year doing them, especially kayaking in the rapids that have sections graded in the highest level of 6.

He was very nice and for the next 11 hours was friendly and chatted sharing so much about his beautiful country. The drive took us in a circle through the beautiful Triglav National Park and Julian Alps that borders the Italian and Austrian Alps. We circled the famous Slovenian mountain of Triglav. We stopped several times for a 10 minute walk around and photo opportunities as well as 2 hikes, lunch and a 2 hour option to do rafting, zip- lining or visiting village.

The places he took us and scenery we saw was so beautiful and surreal it could have been made up on a movie set a something magical from a fairy tale.

We started by heading to the source of Slovenia's most beautiful river the Soca ( socha) One of our short hikes was to the source where it bursts out of rock from its underground source. Mum stopped halfway and waited for us as the last bit was too demanding. After a steep uphill we came to wire in the rocks that we had to climb up hanging on to . Some parts we were looking for footholds as we edged around a cliff face that dropped into the rushing water not far below. we had to wait in a small cramped cleft of rock while other people came back from viewing the source until it was our turn. Bit of an adrenalin rush and pretty cool. On the way back down we stopped and filled our water bottle straight from the stream as it was totally unpolluted coming straight from the source.

The drive between places was stunning with high mountain views. One drive took us from 600 m to 1600 metres with the tightest hair pin turns. These mountains are 2500 metres but look way bigger.

There was lots of cyclists but even more motor bike riders who flock to these mountain drives for all the twists and turns. We stopped at Russian church memorial for the lives of 600 Russians who died in an avalanche building this road. The view from the top was incredible and the valley villages below were so far away.

We crisscrossed the beautiful Soca River all day, saw a 100 metre waterfall drop from the cliffs beside the road. It was 25 metres wide and looked enormous . We stopped off at Kranska Gora near the Austrian border at this gorge where the water was the most incredible green . No matter where you stop the water is so clear that you can see the bottom and fish swimming in the water.

We then went to the lovely village of Bovec where we had lunch. It is right near the Italian border. Mum had a jofa a thick meat, bean and cabbage soup which was very nice. Next to the restaurant were trees covered in bottles. This is what they are turn into after having some alcohol added - fruit schnapps - I photographed a fully grown one inside the bottle.

I had decided to do the zip lining activity with one of the Netherland girls Janne. Now it was nearly time I was questioning having made that choice when I found out we crossed a valley high up in the mountains that was 200 metres above the ground !!

We went into the shop ( Activni Planet) to get fitted with our gear and pay our 55 E before heading up this steep gravelly dirt road in a beat up old 4WD drive that did hair pin turn after turn. We ended up just below the snow line with the valley and town so far below. They put our harness on us , our helmet and leather gloves that we use as our brakes and then we walked down to a small practice zip line to each have a turn practicing stopping and turning around to monkey backwards if we stopped before the landing platform and how to curl up in the cannon ball to make sure we had enough momentum. There was 8 in our group and 2 guides, one who went first and the other who loaded us on to the wire and pushed us on our way. I was feeling nearly sick with nerves and having to take deep breathes to calm myself!! Janne and I kept encouraging each other that we would not die !!

We walked down to the first platform and Janne went first. When she reached the other side ( which we could see hundreds of meters away on the other side of the mountain valley side - she was just a tiny dot) and could her that the whirring of the wire had stopped, the walkie-talkie signal was given for the next person to go so it was my turn.

I curled up in the cannon ball, had both hands on top of my wheels on the wire with my right hand on top to take off to start braking when I was getting close to the other side and could see the guide start signalling when I need to start braking.

It was insanely fast at 60 km an hour and insanely terrifying!! I just kept my eyes on the other side, concentrated on keeping my hands and body in the right position so I didn't get swayed by the wind and didn't dare look down. I was so in my zone I forget to be watching for when I should brake and that was another level of scary in removing one hand to put back on the wire to start braking. My landing was fine but never did it feel so good as to be safely on the other side. Mum and the others were parked under this platform so watch u come in and leave again on the 2nd wire. The 2nd one was a slower wire so they got us to go in tandem. I was behind Janne a with my legs wrapped around her waist and had to be the brake person while she just held on in front. We stopped short of the platform and had to monkey the last few metres in . The 3rd wire again traversing the valley was the fastest one and we didn't need to go in the cannon ball position but could just have our legs dangling down. This one we went between trees. I enjoyed this option the most and actually started to look around instead of just focusing on the other side. The valley and town were so far below!

Each of the 5 times was scary but more enjoyable with each one.

I was glad I did it - was a buzz as well as a scary experience that I did despite my fear!

Next we stopped off at a magical waterfall spot - this one would have to be my favourite location we visited. It actually was so beautiful it didn't look real. We walked into this gorge with rockwalls and hanging gardens over its stream . At the end of the stone bridges and board walk we came into a cave where a waterfall came down. The photos don't do it justice.

The next adventure was getting to the town of Most na Soci where we boarded the car train. We basically drove the car on to a flat carriage with low sides behind an engine and for the next 40 minutes rattled along swaying from side to side. We went through many tunnels which was the weirdest experience as it was pitch black but you could see the tunnel walls - an unknown experience in a regular train.

The scenery was gorgeous through alpine villages.. The last tunnel was 6km long and took 7 minutes to go through! We got off at Bohinjska Bistrica and drove to the beautiful lake where we watched the sun disappear behind the mountains.

We arrived back in to Bled at 8pm absolutely exhausted but having had the best day! We called in to the supermarket and bought a burkel a traditional pastry meal and apple slice

On the car train about to enter a tunnel

On the car train about to enter a tunnel


Lake Bohinjsko with the sun setting

Lake Bohinjsko with the sun setting


Car train

Car train


Lake Bohinjsko

Lake Bohinjsko


Kranjska Gora

Kranjska Gora


Bovec for lunch

Bovec for lunch


Our first beautiful stop

Our first beautiful stop


Janne and I over Mums head leaving for the tandem

Janne and I over Mums head leaving for the tandem


Boarded the car train

Boarded the car train


First stop

First stop


Magical waterfall gorge

Magical waterfall gorge


Car Train

Car Train


View from the suspension bridge

View from the suspension bridge


Magical gorge

Magical gorge


Russian Memorial

Russian Memorial


Lake Bohinjska

Lake Bohinjska


Top the mountain

Top the mountain


Magical Gorge

Magical Gorge


Wildflowers at the top of the mountain

Wildflowers at the top of the mountain


Magical Gorge

Magical Gorge


Top of the mountain

Top of the mountain


Car train

Car train


Lake Bohinjska

Lake Bohinjska


Climbing to the Soca Source

Climbing to the Soca Source


First stop

First stop


Bottles over the pears so they grow inside

Bottles over the pears so they grow inside


Me on the first zip-line  coming in to land

Me on the first zip-line coming in to land


Me

Me


Climbing the cliff face to Soca River source

Climbing the cliff face to Soca River source


Car train

Car train


The girls coming down the cliff side

The girls coming down the cliff side


View from car train

View from car train


Water raging down below us

Water raging down below us


Car train

Car train


Finding footholds

Finding footholds


Luka at Soca Source

Luka at Soca Source


Kranjska Gorge

Kranjska Gorge


Waterfall in cave

Waterfall in cave


Mountain top

Mountain top


Boardwalk into magical gorge

Boardwalk into magical gorge


Me in the magical gorge

Me in the magical gorge


Waterfall on our hike to gorge

Waterfall on our hike to gorge


First stop

First stop


Fully grown over in the bottle

Fully grown over in the bottle


The waters this colour

The waters this colour


First stop  - another shade of green

First stop - another shade of green


This is where our zip line started

This is where our zip line started


Church in Bohinjska 1700's

Church in Bohinjska 1700's


This water!!!!

This water!!!!


Car Train

Car Train


Bridge at Lake Bohinjska

Bridge at Lake Bohinjska


Car train

Car train


Waterfall cave

Waterfall cave


Where I went zip lining

Where I went zip lining


Zip lining

Zip lining


The 100  metre waterfall we drove past

The 100 metre waterfall we drove past

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Slovenia

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