CLIMBING THE ROOF OF ALLGÄU
Hochgrat is the highest peak in the west part of the Allgäu in the Bavaria. As I before heard many good recommendations from the locals regarding the hiking trail, I really wanted to experience the adventure by my self. I truly love mountains and the power they transfer to you is indescribable. While hiking up the trail you feel so tiny and powerless in comparison with the giant wall of rocks. It gives you stimulation to continue till you reach the top. The total round trip for us took around 5h. The trail is medium till hard in several places, however the panorama view after the hike is not describable. From the top you can see Swiss and Austrian cities and the lake of Bondensee, also called the Lake of Kontanz.
We did hike also in Fall and it is very spectacular. As soon as you get out of the woods in front of your eyes lays valleys in different colors as far as you can see. It’s very beautiful and impressive! This time we also saw mountain goats and snow. It is breathtaking and great experience. Totally worth the hike. Before you plan a hike definitely choose the most clearest day possible, as then you will have chance to see lake of Bondensee. Take lunch with you and do not hesitate to drink spring water. If you don’t feel like doing a round trip, take a lift down. It costs around 11 euros. In the station is also nice restaurant where to eat, drink and buy some souvenirs!
Photo Credit: Ronalds Bezbailis
"LIFE IS AN
White water rafting in the Colorado River Arizona was one of the best adventures I have ever done. The trip started in Peach Springs, where we jumped in the old school bus and went down the dirt roads till we reached the river. We rafted around 70km down the river; we experienced rapids in level range from 3-7. The whole trip took around 12h. During the boat ride we enjoyed the Grand Canyon from the bottom and could see the rock formations much more closely. Also big fun was small hike till the waterfall in the cave. By the way I forgot to mention that Colorado River’s water temperature is only 10 degrees Celsius. So I always got a small refreshing shock, every time we went trough the rapids. After the raft we went back by helicopter and saw the canyon again from the top. Its beautiful and tremendous. On the way back to Peach Springs we stopped near the large field of Joshua trees. That was definately life time experiece.
All the information about the white water rafting tour you can find here: http://www.hualapaitourism.com/tickets-info/one-day-white-water-rafting/
Peach Springs,AZ, USA, 2014
EXPLORE THE GRAND CANYON WALLS
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia,USA, 2014
MARY'S ROCK SUMMIT TRAIL
Mary's Rock is one of many spectacular mountains in the Shenandoah National Park. At the top Mary's rock provided us with a view of the clouds beautifully streaming over Appalachian forest. It was very interesting to hike up the trail, as it was very rocky and lead us trough the forest up the hill. I would describe hike as moderate as we walked all the time up to the hill. I really liked the fact that on the trail were not many tourists.
More information and map for this trail you can find here: http://www.visitshenandoah.org/Home.aspx
Photo Credit: Ronalds Bezbailis
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Fall in Europe is just beautiful! Hiking into the Alps surrounded by Bregenzerwald forest was great way how to spend late afternoon together with friends. The fact, that leaves were changing its color made our hike even more spectacular. The landscape is very simple as local farmers mostly own the land and using it for feeding cows. As we walked higher the fog streamed around us and at some point we felt like being a part in a vampire movie. We were very lucky that we had 2 dogs with us :D The tour took around 3h and I suggest to do it if you do not have a full day. As the Riefensberg is just on the boarder with Germany, you can also take a look on beautiful Bavaria.
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FLYING IN THE WATER
That was one of the most magical moments I have ever experienced! It was like flying in the water and observing the beauty of underwater world. It´s just you and your bubbles. So silent that you can even hear your thoughts and your breathing of course :D! Guess this describes my feeling of first time diving the best.
But what did happen, before I could enjoy weightlessness and freedom to fly up and down in the water? On the beginning I was very nervous and apprehensive, because it felt for me so unnatural to breath underwater. I needed to get used with the feeling to breath through a scuba regulator for the first time. But don’t worry, first training takes place in the swimming pool, where the instructor will explain you all the details you need to know. The key is to relax and take calm and deep breath, instead of taking many short breaths. As soon, as you will feel comfortable with the equipment, an instructor will take you out for open water diving.
Open water diving seems so unrealistic, because the nature takes part in it. Like wind, waves and salty water can even influence your experience in the first time. It was also a bit challenging for me to get rid of the pressure in the ears, while descending, therefore I suggest you after each meter squeeze and of course to listen carefully to each step instructor explains on the surface. All this will be extremely useful as soon as you will be underwater. As soon as I got rid of my ear pressure problem, I could fully enjoy the flying in the water. The funniest part was to feed the fish with bananas.
I had very an awesome instructor, she was very professional and totally won my trust in the first few minutes. Love to learn from people like that! I did enjoy diving so much, that I spontaneously decided to do PADI Scuba Diver First Level Certification. I did my diving adventure in Gran Canarias Padi diving center at Play de Taurito, Mogan. Feel free to check them out >>> http://www.canary-diving.com
Hochgrat, Germany, 2015
COLUMNS OF STONE & ARTISTIC ROCK FORMATIONS
Luray Caverns, Virginia, USA 2014
After we did the hike at the Shenandoah National Park we went to see Luray Caverns. These stalactite and stalagmite centuries old rock formation stretch for about 2,4 km. We saw massive columns of stone, artistic rock formations and cathedral-sized room with ceilings 10 stories high, filled with piano sounds. It was very interesting to stop and listen to these beautiful sounds. At one point we took too many pictures of mirrored pools and stayed behind the group, that we did not realized that we have been way too long at the same spot. That suddenly lights went off and we stayed in total darkness and silence. It was pretty weird feeling. The air in the Caverns is wet, but it felt dry.We also had fun at the souverin shop.
Photo Credit: Ronalds Bezbailis