The Salt Lake and there was supposed to be a storm

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who poured the shampoo into the lake?

After a quite night and breakfast we go for a hike around the Salt Lake. The lake's official name is "Mir", meaning "Peace", and it's located on a narrow piece of land between the Telaščica bay and the open sea. It is fed by the sea, therefore it's salty. 900 m of lenght and 300 m in it's widest part, it has a maximun depth of 6 m. Around the lake there's kinda a path, it's more a goat's path, as we would say here, meaning you gotta watch your step due to rocks and bushes. The Jugo is very strong here, resulting in big waves on the lake and the water foam at the shore. It looks as if someone has poured a giant bottle of shampoo into the lake, and the impression is stronger when you see pieces of foam flying around. At about half way around the lake we get to a field of stones ascending to the cliffs of the sea shore towards the open sea.

the field of stones
This field is amazing! At some time someone has started to build towers of these stones, and by now the field is covered with small ones, and big ones, and simple ones, and artistic ones. It's just amazing!!! We also build one of our own. The wind here is so strong that we can barely stand on our feet, but we take the chance and walk on to get a fantastic view over the cliffs to the heavy sea. The waves batter against the rocks and we can feel the drops of water spraying over us. We continue our climb, and as we get higher the wind gets stronger and the hike more back breaking. The reward are some spectacular views. Soon we start to go down a wood path, and the wind calms down. Back at the starting point, some of us decide to go and see the famous cliffs, stene as called by the locals, that are up to 161 m high and 85 m deep into the sea.
But by now it has started to rain and I soon quit since rain and wind aren't a nice mixture.

Back on the boat, Alfred gathers us around the table and explains that there's a storm warning. And he also says, that he has confidence in us to be able to sail the boat to our next harbour, Brbinj on the other side of Dugi Otok. Our skipper then assigns each one of us to a position and task, and we go secure the boat and put on our life vests and lifelines. We take off and sail into a cloudy, rainy day. Soon we realize, that we've been too cautious, and that the storm is limited to the open sea. Amongst the islands where we are, it's calm and soon everybody starts dozing off. After we get a call from the "Lucky", where Gerhard tells us that they have arrived at Brbinj without stormy weather, I decide to change my life vest for an apron and start preparing Palačinke, the croatian variant of crepes.

Outside the rain gets heavier, and the boat rocks and rolls, and I put on some music and rock'n'roll myself. By the time we anchor in Brbinj's harbour, the Palačinke are ready, and the wet and tired crew sits at the big table to enjoy a warm snack.

Laura's and Inge's attempt to find a store fails, it turns out that Brbinj, thou a ferry port, has neither a restaurant nor a store. But a man tells them to come early in the morning at 7, because that's when someone brings fresh bread from Zadar. And the bread-deliverer will be there only for 20 minutes, so be sure to come in time. Our supplies are going to the end, but we have no choice and manage to prepare a delicious dinner. No showering either, since our water supply is also by end.

Today I'm just too tired to sit long and turn in early. Considering, that the boat is attached only to the anchor, the boat is almost completely motionless, and I sleep like a baby.

 

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who poured the shampoo into the la…
who poured the shampoo into the l…
the field of stones
the field of stones
salt lake Mir
salt lake "Mir"
setting up our own stone tower
setting up our own stone tower
stormy sea
stormy sea
looking down the cliffs
looking down the cliffs
herbs growing all around
herbs growing all around
a miracle of nature
a miracle of nature
to be considered all along the Dal…
to be considered all along the Da…
Brbinj
photo by: vila