For our first longer 2022 vacation, Nada, Bronco and me decided to have a road trip to the Balkans with our target countries being Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
We have been on vacation for seven days now and it was time to set our course back towards Slovenia, but we were not in a hurry, so today we left Budva, drove next to Bay of Kotor, visited Grahovo and we finished the day in Hutovo Blato in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Previous days of our vacation: Day 6 - 15688, Day 5 - 15687, Day 4 - 15686, Day 3 - 15685, Day 2 - 15684, Day 1 - 15683.
|Leaving Budva and Sveti Nikola island, that we will visit next time.|
|After we left Budva, the police stopped us - overtaking over double line. I was saved by my driving license, since it is obvious that I am a motorbiker and so was the policeman. I'm glad I still haven't changed it for the new one.|
|Bay of Kotor and the Kotor town.|
|The Bay of Kotor is about 28 kilometres long with a shoreline extending 107.3 kilometres. It is surrounded by two massifs of the Dinaric Alps, the Orjen mountains to the west, and the Lovćen mountains to the east.|
Our next stop was the Memorial Park "Uprising and Revolution - Spomen-park Ustanka i Revolucije dedicated to Sava Kovačević and Yugoslav Partisans in Grahovo.
In the mid-1970s, a memorial project was initiated in Montenegro towards the goal of completing an expansive monument complex at the village of Grahovo upon Umac Hill, which was the spot where revolutionary fighter Sava Kovačević and his followers unleashed the first shots of uprising and resistance against occupying Axis forces in the region (which was part of a larger planned uprising at locations across Montenegro).
|Nada and Tuši.|
|Karst field called Grahovo polje.|
|Quick stop on the near Bileća Lake, where we spotted a nice orthodox church, unfortunately closed for visitors.|
Finally we arrived to Hutovo Blato in Bosnia and Herzegovina. First we tested the boat and Bronco said it is stable enough and that he will go on a short boat trip.
|Hutovo Blato reserve is on the list of BirdLife International's Important Bird Areas. It is the largest reserve of its kind in the region, in terms of both size and diversity. It is home to over 240 types of migratory birds and dozens that make their permanent home in the sub-Mediterranean wetlands surrounding Deransko Lake. In the migration season, tens of thousands of birds fill the lake and its surroundings.|
|Since 1995, Hutovo Blato has been protected as a Hutovo Blato Nature Park and managed by a public authority. The whole zone is well protected from human impact and functions as an important habitat for many plants and animals .|
Video about the Hutovo Blato - Park prirode Hutovo Blato.
After the boat trip, we were hungry, so we had some food in nearby city Čapljina. But soon we retuned back to the reserve, where we set our base camp.
Our house was set, so we had a well deserved beer. Wild camping rocks.
|Some fishermen came to visit us. They gave us some rakia and then they went fishing.|
Geocaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "Chakkuri's Community Volunteer Travel Tag", TB676DY, "Get a photo of a tree", TB8JV00 and "Magic: The Gathering, Rivals of Ixalan Trackable: Vampire Die Bonbon Dose", TB8Q8AY):
- Bokokotor Bay view, GC45FWV
- Grahovsko Polje, EarthCache, GC8FAJ6