Gornja Košana, Slovenia – Ocizla, Slovenia
Approximate Distance: 29kms
We left early morning as we had a big day ahead. We had 20 kilometres to walk before we would arrive at Skocjan caves, a world heritage site. It was then 10 kilometres to our nights accommodation, so depending on how long we spent at the caves, we might end up getting a lift for the last part of the walk. Tim left early as he was determined to walk the whole way.
For me it was the best walking day ever!!!!!! We spent most of it walking in the bush. Scrambling up and down boulders, in and out of gullies. Lots of rock hopping beside a river which made me feel like I was just on a bush walk at home. Even an old ruin on top of a hill. We arrived at the caves in time for lunch and a beer then off we went on a tour of the caves. WOW!!!! Absolute spectacular! We weren’t allowed to take photos, so sorry guys but you could look up on the internet if your interested in having a look. We were all totally blown away at the size of this cave.
“Imagine if the Grand Canyon were underground—that should give you an idea of what to expect when you enter the Škocjanske Jame (Škocjan Caves). Lonely Planet listed them as one of the top 10 attractions in Eastern Europe. They’re also on the UNESCO World Heritage list and get 100,000 visitors a year. They live up to their reputation by being one of the largest underground canyons in the world with the Reka river still carving through it. At 60 meters wide and 140 meters deep, this canyon is a fraction of the Grand Canyon’s size, but the fact that it’s all underground makes it feel bigger. When you cross the canyon via the narrow Hanke Canal Bridge, you’ll see the roaring river far below. You’ll realize that you could fit a fat 45-story skyscraper in this subterranean world.
After a magical tour we decided it was too late to walk the extra 10 kilometres so the wonderful Jana from our hostel came and got us. All in all an incredible day!!! By the way we were told Tim got the record for arriving at Ocizla, the earliest any peace walker has ever walked.
I know I’ve said “its the best” a lot, but I have to say, nearly everyday I have another best ever moment.
Yes this peace walk is something incredibly special.