July 4, 2022
Zdravo from Slovenia!!!!
We kicked off this trip with lots of smiles and excitement in the Venice airport!! The jet lag was there, but the thrill and anticipations of the adventures to come outweighed the exhaustion. We played a quick name game, then hopped in the van and headed to Slovenia.
Jed ensured one van stayed awake with the games he had up his sleeve, and Lucy’s umbrella riddle stumped us all right off the bat. We made a pit stop at a nearby lake, showing the group the beautiful clear water of Slovenia. We ate lots of burgers, chicken sandwiches, and salads. We then continued on to our first mountain hut with jaw dropping views. The group was greeted with a beautiful pink sunset reflecting on the nearby mountains, making the first Moonup a memorable one. After Moonup, the kids finally laid their sleepy heads down for a good night’s sleep.
Yesterday, we woke up well rested and ready for the day. The trail talk was flowing, as we embarked on our “warm up” hike up to a beautiful nearby peak. Anna Sloan flew up the mountain like it was nothing! With lots of beautiful view spots along the way, Brown was sure to crush the photo game especially with some posed jumping photos. Finally, we made it to the top of the peak, and the view absolutely did not disappoint! Right below us was the intersection of three borders, and there were mountains as far as we could see. After we snapped a few pics at the top, we took some well-deserved rest in a pasture right below the peak while we discussed music and ate granola bars.
After our hike, we shared a delicious lunch and Jackson led the train on some of the boys taking down a big plate of ribs! YUM! We then headed to the nearby lake, and did a couple polar plunges in the cold, but beautiful water. Giles didn’t hesitate to jump right in and set the tone for the group by jumping off every dock possible! Lots of GoPro footage was taken, and the boys even managed to swim across part of the lake! After our quick dip, we headed back to our mountain hut to regroup and for dinner. After we ensured our bellies were full, we decided to end the day with a small hike up to a nearby grass patch on the top of one of the mountain peaks. We were graciously greeted by LOTS of sheep, who let everyone, but especially Luke, pet them and snap a few pics. Talk about a good view up there, too! Finally, we had a lovely Moonup to close the night and prepared for today’s activities.
Today, we woke up with a whole new level of excitement for the 4th of July!! We jammed to some of our favorite America songs on the way to our new hostel and sea kayaking. The crystal-clear waters were a treat for everyone, as we kayaked across a lake and down the river. Annie especially impressed us with her kayaking skills, leading the group the entire way down the river! We took a quick pit stop along the way at a cliff, to jump into the beautiful water. Adair didn’t hesitate a bit to jump off, showing everyone how it was done! We then continued down the river for the rest of the morning and rewarded ourselves with a delicious pizza lunch. After lunch, we took some well-deserved rest before rock climbing. We then headed to the rock looking over the beautiful lake, and everyone absolutely crushed all the routes! Emmy especially was a quiet rock-climbing queen! After rock climbing, we ended our day with a proper 4th of July dinner of hotdogs, chips, and watermelon then had a killer moonup. We’re currently packing our packs and getting ready for our four days of trekking ahead!! Talk to y’all on the flip side!!
Until next time,
Phil and May May
July 2, 2022
Hello Slovenia Families!
The whole group arrived safely in Venice early today and are on their way to their way to Slovenia. We have heard from our leaders that the trip is off to a great start, and we cannot wait to hear more stories from their adventure.
Please remember our leaders and students will be unplugged during their trips but we will be posting up to three trip updates throughout the next couple of weeks! This will allow you to follow along with the trip and the students will also give a special shout out mid-way through! You can also follow us on Instagram, @moondanceadventures, to see more of what we are up to this summer!
– Moondance HQ