Sunday, May 26, 2024

Ski like it is the last day. And it is.

Ski like it is the last day. And it is. Last ski hill in the Helsinki region, Sveitsin Hiihtokeskus, closed Saturday for the season. Here’s me skiing afterwards on the road to my car. Volvo is (temporily) fine but couldn’t get up the hill on this only road that was not clear of snow and ice, so parked it. Could also be Volvo’s last ski trip, at least to an officially open place. Also a photo from skiing on the hill, and a clip of Sveitsi’s Volvo showing how it climbs snowy hills. Wondering if they need a blue one as well…?

Parked Volvo here:

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Back in the K.O.R.S.O.

Me: "Last time I was here was 35 years ago." Receptionist: "Not much has changed since then.". But, Korso's swimming hall still rocks. Small but functional.

The school around, however, has been abandoned. 

I lived few hundred meters away, and was in school here from high school to college years, 6 years. Our sport lessons were usually about football or hockey that I didn't care so much for, so I typically ended up going to the swimming hall instead. 

The swimming hall's page in Vantaa's city website is here. Sadly it will be decommissioned when a new swimming hall, Elmo, is finished in 2025.

Also like a lot the big glacial boulders next to the school and mini-caves under them.  Coordinates: N 60.357384 E 25.070289. Length maybe 2.5 meters.

Memories <3

Swimming hall and school:

Cave:





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Friday, May 24, 2024

The Final (?) Breakdown

The problems keep piling up. After the check-up disaster, the car now also stopped running... left me on the side of the highway. Is this the last straw?

And I didn't even get to vacuum and wash the car, as I hoped, and drive few weeks more still :-(

Sigh.

Nothing else to do than to get my gear -- including the skis that were in the car and take taxi to the office...


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Dobrun caves

It was a good try. I think. Or maybe I should have pushed harder. But ... it was getting difficult to stay on the slope, even with some smaller trees around me. But in the end I turned around, and did not reach the Dobrun cave in the mountains of eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina... the slope was loose gravel, and getting steeper on every step. No sign of paths. I do wonder though, I could *see* the cave but not reach it! And reportedly monks have lived in the cave, is there another path?

Perhaps there is. But the approach from another direction would have required a boat to get further in the river, as the cliffs around the river were vertical. I had attempted to walk up a forested scree slope towards the cave. And even to get to the this slope I had to stop on the highway where there's two houses and cross a railway just across the tunnel. Not to mention a border crossing from Serbia that at different times can take up to three hours to cross...

But be that as it may, I failed. Maybe there would have been a different path further up the river. Maybe a from the other side of the mountain, from the other side of the railway tunnel. Or maybe I should have started climbing the rocky cliffs next to the scree slope. There were some walkable paths, but they were not a straight path to the cave, and I had no idea if the detours would have led to the cave.

Here's a photo of the bushy slope up to the cave:

Fortunately, at the bottom of the scree slope there was the river, the river was crossable on my bare feet and only getting my shorts wet. And on the other side of the river there was definitely a cave. Not a big one, but still maybe 25m by 10m, kind of a shelter cave at the bottom of the cliff against the river. 

This cave was used as a party place, so filled with human stuff, chairs, bar tables, even a stage... interesting. Let's call it the Dobrun Party Cave! But all done for the love and fun in mind.

Interestingly, the party cave had some very real-looking cave paintings, obviously done recently... but wow, nice!

Sadly, though, compare to the ones the dimwits in Finland paint in our caves sigh:

Anyway, my first Bosnian cave was therefore visited, even if it wasn't the one I originally wanted to reach :-)

The real cave is at N 43.7513819 E 19.4064237. The party cave is at N 43.7509942 E 19.4050658. And the railway tunnel west entrance is at N 43.7504393 E 19.4062374.

NEVER VENTURE INTO TUNNELS, ESPECIALLY RAILWAY TUNNELS IN USE, CAVES, OR HIKE UP STEEP MOUNTAIN SIDES OR CLIFFS. THESE CAN BE DANGEROUS AND RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH!

Main cave:

Party cave:





Crossing to the party cave:

Railway tunnel:

On the same trip I also visited a nearby cave on the other side of the border, the article is here.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Omorika - swimming in the old Yugoslavia army hotel

This really is an experience. An old Yugoslavia army hotel, now a tourist destination? Omorika sits in the Tara mountains in southeastern Serbia, close to the Bosnian border. The architecture is just right, it does say Yugoslavia. While the all-inclusive model in an affordable hotel may not be to everyone's tastes, it was quite reasonable experience, fish for dinner, etc. And the saunas and pools were good, even if the other facilities were a bit 1960s...

Much recommended anyway! Wonderful nature hiking opportunities, etc. (See for instance the Rafter's cave visit.)

In the winter they would have skiing, sadly I was here in late spring :-)

Spa:

Environment:

Skiing slopes:

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Rafter's cave in Perućac

Rafter's cave was a surprise find, a sudden realization of a sign on a parking spot in Perućac we pulled onto. A cave! By this incredibly beautiful river, Trina, marking the border between Serbia and Bosnia.

The cave is in coordinates N 43.957657 E 19.431314.

I scanned the cave and got a 3D model and a used Cave Outliner to turn it into a map as well:


The 3D model can be downloaded here, or if you prefer to rotate it on your browser's screen, use this link.

There's also a side cave few meters away, in coordinates N 43.957602 E 19.431462.

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Side cave:

Photos from the area:

Views from mountains higher up to the river valley:

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