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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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Slovenia: Winter, Black Mamba and me


Two months after my bike crash (14381), I had to see my doctor in Tržič, and since I had no other transportation, I decided to ride there. My bike Black Mamba did the job, and we arrived right on time. On the way back we explored some paths in Podljubelj.

Side road are great for biking

Soon we'll be able to ice skate

Passing Camp Podljubelj

Ride to Tržič and back

Sunday, December 16, 2018

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Slovenia: Hike & Fly - Gozd - Kriška gora - Križe


Rok and me decided to do another hike & fly trip and Nada accompanied us from Gozd to the top, where the take off site is just next to Koča na Kriški gori mountain hut, 1471 m. All was great, except the foggy layer below us. All we hoped is, that it wasn't very thick. We landed in Križe.

 
Hiking part 

 
Our question: "Is it a thin or thick layer?" Well, we'll see (or not).

Good conditions for take off and Rok was quickly flying

Awesome visibility for a couple of minutes, then for a while, it will be zero

All good and after a few steps I was also airborne

 
Last flight this year for me

Foggy layer was just 50 m thick

Time to land and grab a beer

For the first time I landed in Križe

GeoCache found:
- OD KLOPCE DO KLOPCE 5, GC7BB1V, that received a visit by trackable items "gran san bernardo", TB84C9J, "De reiziger", TB6R4VV and "FarmtagZ klompendans", TB6BAG2

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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Slovenia: Prelaz Ljubelj / Ljubelj Pass


In the afternoon Nada and me did a short hike to Ljubelj pass and for the end of the day we had a great dinner in nearby restaurant, where chef Damo operates with the knife.

Evening sky

All good

Veliki vrh and Košutica

Two obelisks at the top of the pass commemorate that Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor traveled over the pass in 1728.

Koča na Ljubelju mountain hut

View from the pass to the most beautiful valley in the world, "Šentanska dolina".

Afternoon hike with Nada

 
Dinner time

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Slovenia: GeoCaching in Ljubljana


I spent my day kickscootering in Ljubljana and on the way I found a couple of caches.

Ljubljana Castle from Congress Square

Bunker in Ljubljana

 

Kickscootering and geocaching

GeoCaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "gran san bernardo", TB84C9J, "De reiziger", TB6R4VV and "FarmtagZ klompendans", TB6BAG2):
- SDP - Dan Primoža Trubarja, Mystery, GC6K613
- ČAROVNIK IZ OZA, Mystery, GC5M575
- Kongresni trg / Congress square, Multi, GC434MD
- BS3: Bunker, GC7YTPV
- Of-sajd?, Mystery, GC7FFMW
- Rondo Tomačevo, Mystery, GC7YTMJ

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Slovenia: Finished rehab in spa


After my accident and some broken bones I continued my physical therapy in spa Dolenjske Toplice and today I had my last day of the 14 day therapies. I significantly improved my wrist and shoulder strength and flexibility, still there is a lot of space for additional improvement.

Since I had a complicated way back home, I had plenty of time to explore the Congress square in Ljubljana.

A monument of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was placed here in 1940, but just one year later it was removed by the Fascist Italian occupation forces. In 1954, after the formal annexation of Zone B of the Free Territory of Trieste to Yugoslavia, an anchor was placed in the park to symbolize victory over Italian expansionism and the union of the Slovenian Littoral with the rest of Slovenia.

Park zvezda (Star Park) and a statue of a toga-wearing Emonan (Emonec in Slovene). Emona (short for Colonia Ivlia Aemona) was the Roman name for the present city of Ljubljana. The statue is a replica of the grave sculpture from the second century, unearthed during the 1836 excavations. The original is in the National Museum.

Ljubljana Castle from Congress Square. Originally a medieval fortress, it was probably constructed in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 12th century.

Smell of Christmas and New Year time

GeoCaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "gran san bernardo", TB84C9J, "De reiziger", TB6R4VV and "FarmtagZ klompendans", TB6BAG2):
- Vislice / scaffold, GC47TGH
- SDP - Dan samostojnosti in enotnosti, GC68BTE
- SDP - Prešernov dan, Mystery, GC6AKA2

Sunday, December 09, 2018

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Slovenia: Base 20, Bunker 44, Partizan hospital Jelendol, Veliki Rog


With Nada we decided to explore Kočevski Rog, that offers many World War II historical remains. We visited:
  • Baza 20 ("Base 20", originally called "Point 20") was one of the numerous camps in the woods of Kočevski Rog which were once the commanding structures of the National Liberation Movement of Slovenia in the Second World War. 
  • Bunker 44 is the only preserved bunker near Base 20. Karst sinkhole was covered with spruce logs, and covered with soil and stones. The bunker had a secret entrance.
  • The Jelendol Partisan Hospital, that commenced operation in the spring of 1943 in the Adjunktova Valley, which is where the wounded from the first Partisan hospital in Rog, in nearby Daleč Hrib, survived a major Italian offensive in the summer of 1942.
  • Veliki Rog, with 1099 meters a.m.s.l., the highest peak of Kočevski Rog
  • Roška žaga - a steam-powered sawmill owned by the Auersperg noble family operated at Rog from 1894 until 1932, employing up to 400 workers. The settlement had its own electric plant and waterworks. After it shut down operations, the facilities were burned down and the 35 km narrow gauge railway was pulled up and sold for scrap. Sawmill Rog was considered to be largest and most modern woodworking factory in Slovenia before World War I
Start of our expedition to Kočevski Rog

Baza 20 operated from April 1943 to December 1944 and consisted of  26 buildings

The 26 buildings were inhabited by 180 people. Today, Building no. 16 (“Propaganda Building”) houses a permanent exhibition on the role and significance of Baza 20 and building no. 22 (“New Building of the Executive Committee of the Liberation Front”) houses a presentation of the scope and diversity of the partisan activity in the Kočevski rog area.

From April 1943 the most important headquarters were in Baza 20: the seat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Slovenia and the Executive Committee of the Liberation.

Already in August 1941, the first resistance against Italian and German occupational forces was organised in this region. Kočevski Rog was the first part of Slovenia to be liberated under partisan command as early as May 1942. At that time, it became the logistic centre of the armed resistance. Partisan hospitals, workshops, schools, printing works, and warehouses were soon operating in these deep woods during the war.

Nada leaving Bunker 44

The Partisan medical facilities in Kočevski Rog were the greatest achievement in terms of organised care for the wounded in Second World War resistance movements throughout Europe. The hospitals were built in secluded places and, bearing the wartime conditions in mind, were well equipped and supplied, which meant that the wounded who were treated by the doctors recovered much quicker because they were not exposed to the everyday hardships endured by the combat units.

Usually the hospitals ere constructed at the bottom of deep, overgrown sinkholes. The huts and other structures in the hospitals were built by permanent teams composed of trusted joiners and carpenters.

A total of ten structures were erected. A nail shortage encountered when building the first structures meant that wooden pins were used for the remainder. The gaps between the logs were filled with moss, and the best insulation was found to be paper. 

Heating stoves were either made from petrol tanks lined with brick or were brought from the abandoned houses of Gottschee Germans. Lighting was provided by tallow tails, candles and carbide lamps. The water supply problem was solved by digging a hole in the bottom of a nearby sinkhole. The smoke from the kitchen was run through a pipe to a smoke house, in which it was cooled down and then dispersed through vents into the forest. Access to the hospital was only possible via the trunks of felled trees.

The hospital operated until the end of the war, and treated a total of  330 wounded. Of these, 21 died and were buried in the nearby cemetery.

The cemetery at the field hospital Jelendol

 
Hike to the highest peak in the area, Veliki Rog

The tower at the top and it offers nice view

We made it

Selfie on the tower

Slippery

One of Slovenia's most pristine areas, Kočevski Rog's virgin forests have been a protected nature area for more than a century. As many as 250 brown bears are believed to live here, as well as lynx and fox.

The remains of the steam sawmill "Roška žaga".

GeoCaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "gran san bernardo", TB84C9J, "De reiziger", TB6R4VV and "FarmtagZ klompendans", TB6BAG2):
- BAZA 20, GC1YW4C
- Roška žaga, GC4WCCG