July 15, 2019
Bok everyone! That means hello in Croatian. We have had an amazing start to the trip so far and we can tell that this group is going to be really special. We all merged together getting on a tram in the Paris airport! We walked to the gate together and hunkered down to ride out the long layover. Lillian and Drew taught everyone card games and we got to know each other a little better. Lindsay impressively stayed awake the whole time chatting with some while others dozed off. When we arrived in Zagreb we were thrilled to be greeted by cool weather! We drove to a little village where we settled into our bungalows and quickly headed to dinner. We enjoyed classic Croatian cuisine of trout, chicken, or cevapcici. Sam was the only one to order the trout and he loved it! We were also lucky enough to be served dessert of either chocolate mouse, Nutella crepes, or apple pie. What a treat!!! Jack and Nate loved their desserts and ate them all. Afterwards, we found a circular net suspended on a wooden structure over a creek and gathered for our first Moonup and talked about what our B+ superpowers would be.
The next morning, Nina and Will fearlessly led the pack as our first LODs. We said goodbye to our bungalows to begin our first adventure through Plitvice. The park consists of 16 lakes that pour over cliffs into each other and is the most visited park in Croatia. Its also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s like a beautiful set of turquoise stairs. It was a little cloudy so Sophia selflessly offered to carry everyone’s rain jackets in her day pack so others wouldn’t have to bring theirs. We walked along the lakes and took in the sights. Betsy and Grace were in awe of the clarity and color of the water and debated the science behind it with others. Just in case we’ve got any geologists out there or if you’re just curious, the lakes are a result of the way that rainwater, since its slightly acidic, breaks down the limestone foundation of the lakes! We stopped often for photos, cookies, and laughter as we were in no mindset to rush our time in the beautiful park. We had a picnic lunch and hopped in the van to head to our campsite. Thomas and Timmy set up their Enos upon arrival while the others set up tents. During the afternoon we relaxed and spent some time getting to know each better by playing. After, Garrett gave a quick lesson on what to and how to pack and splitting up the food that each of us will be carrying, we got ready for the trail that we will be taking on tomorrow. For dinner we were treated to Spaghetti Bolognese that really hit the spot, Jack loved it as he just couldn’t get enough.
We can’t wait to tell y’all more about our adventures!
Garrett and Lilly
July 14, 2019
Hello Croatia Families!
We just heard from Garrett and Lilly that the group has landed safely in Zagreb. The trip is off to a great start, and we cannot wait to hear more stories from their adventures! Stay tuned.