Spring Vintgar*

*Vintgar – gorge; a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, especially one through which a stream runs.

Well, time does fly quickly. It seems that not so long ago I was writing the Winter Vintgar post, which you should definitely check out. Winter has long gone and right now we’re fighting through a particularly wet stretch of spring which makes me more than a little anxious when looking out the window. Both my bikes are ready to go, as am I, but the forecast is a real downer at the moment.

But in the end, we shouldn’t let the occasional light shower and some nasty looking clouds get in the way of us having fun. I mean really, are we men or are we merely blocks of sugar, ready to melt at the slightest hint of rain.

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Of course not. So I had this idea of making four vintgar (or gorge) related posts, one for each season of the year. You can see the first one on the link above and this here is the second. As I said, the weather wasn’t perfect today, mostly overcast with some sun peeking through the clouds and rain later on. It’s been like this for a couple of days now and I was tired of sitting around the house, feeling useless. So I grabbed my camera, packed an umbrella just in case and set out.

The vintgar (or gorge) in question is about 10 minutes drive from my house, carved by the river Bistrica as it descends from the hills of Pohorje. Millenia ago Romans used the site to dig granite and other similar building materials, which were then transported around the region and used in the construction of roads, monuments, buildings and so on. Much later locals built many sawmills and used the fast current to their advantage.These days the gorge is a popular hiking trail and historic remains can still be seen all along the gorge.

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The complete gorge trail is around 3 hours one way, and then connects to other marked trails, so you can use it as a starting point for a nice full-day outing. I only did the lower part today, which is about two hours up and down. Took some photos along the way, got caught by some light rain and splashed some mud on my hiking boots.

It’s all good days though – don’t get scared by a couple of threatening clouds. Nature is beautiful in it’s own way when it’s raining. 🙂

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Have a look through the rest of the pics and other content, follow the blog for more similar posts and definitely come back some more. If you’re interested in finding out more about the area, check out the official tourist website of the Maribor-Pohorje region. What awaits is great opportunities for cycling, hiking, good food and wine and an occasional world-class sporting event.

And have a great time, of course! 🙂

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