August 3, 2016

Good Times Revisited

Last week, I checked out two neat places after five years. Both were remarkable.

The first was a trail along the Cerny Potok (Black Creek) in the Jizera Mountains. The creek is famous for its waterfalls and steep rapids in between them. I had great memories of the place, but haven't been there since my first visit. Until now.

The path is well maintained and goes through a beautiful beech forest.

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The stream looked as good as I have remembered it; however, it had lower water volume flowing through this time.

..Much lower. This is how the main falls were back then:

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..Whereas now.. well, that piece of a tree was still there.

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Either way, a wonderful place to hike around.

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s2011A few days later, I visited my friends at a hotel in Krkonose, a mountain range just east of the Jizerske Hory. The hotel where we met is another place where I was five years back, spending a week practicing, among others, a tight rope walking (pictured left). I took the very same slackline set this time, and after visiting with friends, I went to strap it up in the woods again, to commit a daily dose of exercise, (below).

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Besides this, I had one more thing in mind. Close to the place is a set of rocks called Stráž (Patrol) that offers a nice view over a valley nearby.

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That's where I decided to sleep tonight. But before the evening, I roamed around a bit.

Sunset from Stráž was a great way to end the day…

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I fell asleep before the complete darkness obscured the area. About three hours later, I woke up for a moment, and the surrounding appeared completely different.

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..but just as awesome. What a ceiling..!

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After I took the shots of the stars, I made a picture of the town in the valley - Rokytnice n Jizerou, from the same perspective as I captured it before I went to sleep:

..then I did the same thing in the morning. Pretty good view from a bedroom, isn't it?

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..and the view from the bathroom wasn't bad either..

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I was all set for an energetic start of a new day.

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If you enjoyed the nature in this post, you might also like my posts about the Jizerske Hory I wrote earlier, such as:

Rays in the woods

"Magic Valley"

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"Back to the Roots"

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Thanks for reading.

Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Stories

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