Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

In order to beat the crowds I witnessed yesterday afternoon, I got an early breakfast at the hotel and set out for the trails again, this time concentrating on the Upper Lakes.
The electric boats ferry you across the lake.

The electric boats ferry you across the lake.

The dock to the upper lakes. Early in the morning, the workers pictured on the left walk the boardwalk with nails and a hammer to fasten loose boards.

The dock to the upper lakes. Early in the morning, the workers pictured on the left walk the boardwalk with nails and a hammer to fasten loose boards.

And here are the ‘real’ pictures:
The bottom of the tree was at least 20 feet deep.

The bottom of the tree was at least 20 feet deep.

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A little before noon, the crowds started coming in and I realized I’d seen as much as I wanted to of the park.

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The only way to do this park is to wake up before the crowds, then take the afternoon off. The boardwalks get so crowded, its unbearable. I had this boat to myself after returning from the Upper Lakes at 10:00 am.

The only way to do this park is to wake up before the crowds, then take the afternoon off. The boardwalks get so crowded, its unbearable. I had this boat to myself after returning from the Upper Lakes at 10:00 am.

For the rest of the day, I did some laundry in my sink (using mint scented body wash) and editing pictures. I managed to find an upload of the Clemson/UGA game on YouTube so I watched it in it’s entirety. I did find a snack before dinner though.

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I got dinner at the same place I ate the past two nights: Hotel Plitvice. This time I was less than impressed; I’m looking forward to eating somewhere else tomorrow night.

Poached asparagus topped with mayonnaise - the kiwi slices were good though!

Poached asparagus topped with mayonnaise – the kiwi slices were good though!

Cheese was warm and not the best I've ever had.

Cheese was warm and not the best I’ve ever had.

The fruit flies flying around also really damper your appetite. I killed one by smacking the table and the dining room got quiet for a few seconds after that.

After dinner I planned for my next stop: Slovenia. I have to catch a roadside bus at 6:45am tomorrow morning in order to arrive in Zagreb (Croatia’s capital) in time for a train to Slovenia. This is the part of my trip I was looking forward to the most, but the weather doesn’t look too great. I don’t mind overcast, but it’s predicted to rain for the next 4 days there. Good thing I’m spending 5 nights.

Hopefully I can still schedule paragliding, a hot air balloon rider, or skydiving; we’ll see.