Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hiking in the Sudetes

On the border between Poland and the Czech Republic is a mountain range called the Sudetes. Honestly, I knew little of the area as I spontaneously joined some friends on a hiking trip there. We obviously picked the rainiest weekend to go, so the initial plan and an attempt quickly cancelled due to heavy rain (which made for some misty photos, though) to hike on Sunday was replaced with a nap and an evening stroll by the Mumlavsky/Mumlava (???) river and its beautiful waterfall where I just couldn't contain my excitement about skipping rocks in the water and ended up falling in, dipping my camera in the river and continuing the walk with soaked shoes and pants... :P

On Monday, the weather was somewhat better and we took a ski lift (by far the most exciting part of the trip!) up from a little town called Szklarska Poreba and hiked a tour of 15-20 kilometres. The cool part was that the Karkonosze National Park up there is literally on the Polish-Czech border. We didn't even notice walking by the little stone border markes until halfway through the hike. One of those was on top of a giant rock, which I absolutely HAD to climb, but seemed to be unable to without help. As a couple of other hikers had helped me up and down, I asked one of them where they're from and she answered: "Austria. But don't worry, I was a little scared too." :D

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