Saturday - part of Europe Togther - for those so desiring, a bus trip was organized, with an excellent guide to the Krka National Park. The Krka River flows through this park. “With its seven waterfalls and a total drop in altitude of 242 m, the Krka is a natural and karst phenomenon. The waterfalls are the fundamental phenomenon of this river.”
The guide led the way with a felt sunflower held high (I should've taken a photo!) – along the pathway, following a stream, past a small waterfall, across a bridge to a little settlement. There we were able to see a blacksmith working on the anvil, a young lady dressed in a typical Croatian outfit, showing us the way a kitchen was and how bread was made. This area was known for its woollen industry – the water, the wheel, the loom. Beautiful warm blankets were produced.
The next stop was breathtaking as we look over the valley to the many waterfalls, large and small, cascading, it seemed from all sides. Yes, I was aiming my camera, trying to get the best shot. One young man next to me said, “I don’t take photos now. I just stop and take it all in and see all the beauty that God has created!” That is good, I thought, to take time, to pause, to reflect, to gaze.
At the bottom of the waterfalls we took a break – souvenir shops, ice cream stands, refreshments, snacks. We enjoyed sitting at a picnic table until our guide returned. Our walk continued along the river to a dock where we got on a boat for a very nice ride along the river to the town of Skrodin. There our bus was waiting to take us back to the retreat center. It was a perfect day for a beautiful outing.
And here are a few photos: