Tuesday, February 14, 2023


The last week of January and the beginning of February were cold, cloudy, with strong wind and in general not very tempting for hiking. We had planned a hike on one of the weekends, but gave up on the idea and instead went for a walk in the nearby park.

Probably the first really bright sunny day with calm weather was expected on Friday, so husband and I cleared our schedules, packed the backpacks and drove to the village of Plana.

We really love it, hiking on a workday - the trail, in all of its snowy sunny glory was all ours. Some sections of the trail had not even been trodden after the last snowfall and only the traces of rabbits and other small animals could be seen.

Hike info:

Destination: peak Manastirishte (1338 m)
Mountain: Plana
Total length: 8 km
Elevation gain: 160 m
Total duration (plus picnic): 3 h
Average difficulty: 3 / 10 
The emblematic old abandoned house. I'll be really sad, when it succumbs to some heavy snowfall or gale one day and crumbles down.

Me-made items, worn on this hike:

Husband: boxers, Knipmode cargo pants, knitted socks, hat
I: lingerie, Central Park Hoodie, CC hat, gloves, knitted socks


The trail uphill to the peak was marked only by wild rabbit paw prints.

We had our lunch on a sunny patch of grass under a big fir tree on the south slope of the peak. It was heavenly! The sun was warm, there was no wind, we could observe the entire mountain below us up to the snowy peaks of Rila and drink hot and sweet herbal tea with a drop of aromatic Austrian whisky - these are the moments we live for!

On the way back, as usual, we took an alternative path to the village, turning the trail into an almost circular trail.

Mistle thrush, posing on top of a fir tree

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