Winter fairytale begins with the heavy snow buffering all sounds and bringing peace to everyone at home. A new coat of fresh snow is inviting but while the blizzard is raging it is best to stay next to the smoldering fireplace in a company of a good book and hot tea. If that feels too safe you can make plans for the day ahead and go for a stroll in the snowstorm. We did just that and decided to visit the nearby mountains in Logarska dolina (Logar Valley). We hoped that the sun will be part of our winter fairytale, we imagined it shining on the newly fallen snow.
When we reached our destination, we started guessing about the snow cover. Ian said it was about a meter thick, while I claimed it must be over 3 feet. Of course, both of us were right. Guessing went on for a while and included bets on whether or not we will see some wildlife. While we were cheerfully enjoying the solitude, we almost got hit by the sled rider. In an instant, we jumped on the edge of the road. I bet it was quite a scene when I ran like a scared little deer into the deep snow. Ian almost wet his pants in laughter when he was digging me out of the snow. All I say is better safe than sorry.
This same group of sledders was riding the slopes all day long, literally till the night. What might look like pure joy, saddened us every time we were left breathing their exhaust fumes. You see, reaching the top of the hill is most convenient by car and so they did all day long. Up with the car and down with the sled and of course empty car. We were shocked by how much pollution one car left behind. We could smell the exhaust fumes long after we lost sight and hearing of their car. The difference was even greater because the fresh air in pristine nature smells sweet and fresh snow pitches in its unique characteristics.
Once we reached the top of the hill we saw where the group was from. They have an epic mountain farm that serves as a tourist accommodation during summer days. Of course, it is possible that they were just visitors like us. Even though they gave us food for thought we focused on the views. Seeing the endless canopy made us truly happy. Honestly, whenever we are surrounded by nature, it is impossible to describe the exhilarating experience. Photographs help, but even an image can’t catch everything. For example, when the sun was setting the sky turned purple. Actually, at down the sky was getting from bright blue to pink then to purple and dark blue. Quite incredible!
On our way back we were greeted by the family dogs who were having a blast every time the car passed the homestead. The furry pair was in full-throttle next to the car and at one point we expected a terrible accident. Luckily, nothing happened, and after the first turn dogs returned to their territory. As long as we were close to their home the pair kept an eye on us and it didn’t take long for us to make friends. Before we left, we even gave a solid belly rub to the furry lady. We wouldn’t, but she insisted. You know it is very hard to say no to such a friendly face.
This winter day was more than a success. Logarska dolina (Logar Valley) truly is special and when the snow fills this valley it is even more stunning. All this calmness around us and fresh air is the reason alone to make some winter hike trips here. And if photos can’t convince you, then probably words can’t, either. However, don’t hesitate and visit Slovenia!