Parnica Off The Beaten Path

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    ZAZRIVKA RIVER
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    MIXED FOREST
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  • LIME  ROCKS
    LIME ROCKS
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    Aspen leaves in wind

    by matcrazy1 Written Jan 10, 2004

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    There were many aspen trees especially along banks of Zazrivka River. It's popular tree both in Slovakia and in Poland with leaves that move in the slightest wind - it looks really great especially in the fall.

    It's often said in Polish language about a man who is scared/afraid of sth: he/she shakes like aspen in wind. Is it the same at your language?

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    Kysucke Vrhoviny Mountains

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jan 10, 2004

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    Mountains called Kysucke Vrhoviny were located north of local highway 583, I drove. They were lower than Mala Fatra. Its highest summit - Javorinka was only 1210 m = 3970 ft high. Their slopes were covered by mixed, both leaved and coniferous, forest and there were some amazing lime rock formations seen even from the highway there.

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    Mala Fatra Mountains

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jan 10, 2004

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    Mala Fatra Mountains were located south of highway 583 I drove. It's highest summit (1709 m = 5607 ft) is called Velky Krivan (Big Krivan).
    Drive to village of Terchova on highway 583 and turn southward along Vratna Valley (Vratna Dolina) towards popular ski center Vratna. There is a chair lift to Velky Kryvan (close to the summit) there.
    I was there in late 90' (in beginning of May), unfortunatelly there was raining down and snowing up so I wasn't lucky to admire beautiful landscapes there :-(.

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    Lime rocks

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jan 10, 2004

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    Both Mala Fatra and Kysucke Vrhowiny are realatively young mountains so there are quite a lot lime rocks there. They looked especially amazing lighted by automn/fall sun with colorful leaves at this time of year.

    Most famous rock formation are placed south of village Terchova along the highway to popular ski center Vratna in a valley called Vratna Dolina (Vratna Valley). I was there once (must find pics) in late 90' and although it was raining down and snowing up I liked there a lot.

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    Forests

    by matcrazy1 Written Jan 10, 2004

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    Mountains around Parnica including Mala Fatra are largely covered by forest.
    In lower parts (on my picture) they are mixed: partly leaved, parly coniferous. Higher you climb, more evergreen, coniferous trees you see, mostly pines but spruces and firs as well. But I liked especially fall/autumn colours of leaves on leaved trees.

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    Zazrivka River

    by matcrazy1 Written Jan 10, 2004

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    We were looking at Zazrivka river fast running stream from wooden bridge looking for... fish and we admired trees with fall leaves along the river bed. Hmm... I didn't see any fish but there must be at least mountain trouts, I am sure. You can taste them in local restaurants around.
    Zazrivka River flows outside the area of Mala Fatra National Park so fishing there is allowed.

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    Wooden bridge

    by matcrazy1 Written Jan 10, 2004

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    When we got off our car to take a short walk we had to cross this wooden bridge over Zazrivka River on my picture.

    Hiking many times around Slovak mountains (close to Poland) in the past I discovered a lot of such simple bridges and more primitive ones like just a trunk of tree put over the river/stream. Sometimes it was not so easy to cross a river :-).

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    Mountains in fall

    by matcrazy1 Written Jan 10, 2004

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    We drove highway 583 from Parnica via village of Terchova to city of Zilina. And we stopped somewhere at the beginning of our itenerary to take a short walk.
    The highway meandered between Mala Fatra ranges, in a valley along Zazrivka river. We could easily amaze picturesque mountains with sunshine and a blue sky with fall leaves. If we had more time...

    There are numerous hiking trails from village of Parnica to Mala Fatra Mountains. Buy a detailed map and go... There are maps covering whole Slovakia by VKU (Vojensky Kartograficky Ustav) which are numbered (area by area) and the best in my opinion. Available in bookstores and sometimes (rarely) in bigger petrol/gas stations.

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