Favorite thing: Oh, such calmness, heaven for stretched nerves…. Now you don’t shout on each other “Move it! Do it! Push me! Right! Left! OUCH!!!!”, but lay smiling, drink beer, warm your bruises in the sun and talk such nonsense as: “Ula was perfect, it’s boring to flow by Merkys, no no, next time it will be only ULA!”
Ula flows to Merkys, Merkys flows to Nemunas, Nemunas flows to the Baltic Sea. And the Baltic Sea belongs to the basin of Atlantic ocean.
At any case, Merkys looks as wide as the ocean after two days of struggle with Ula’s stubs.
Wooden bridges are very comfortable for pedestrians to cross the river, but not for newly baked sportsmen in canoes. The stones under the bridge create strong stream that brings you directly on sharp stub and push you out from canoe with all your belongings.
But what a beauty!…
Favorite thing: What do we do with Ula? As a rule, we come to Zervynos village, rent canoes there, then we start canoeing… drifting… swimming… watching around; find a good place for camping (most places are forbidden because it’s a national park), never mind, cook, all evening say anecdotes, i.e. try to remember them from the last year’s canoeing, (beer and healing balsam “trejos devynerios” or “bobeline” of course); next morning we wake up, breakfast, canoeing again, breaks for lunch, parking again, eating, sleeping, waking up, breakfast, canoeing, lunch… all peculiarities I will describe in other tips.
Favorite thing: First of all I will describe the target point. It’s Ula, a narrow rapid river with high slopes and dense woods around. The picture shows not so rapid river, but it was in Autumn. If you are in a hurry very much, come here with canoe in Spring.