Saturday, July 6, 2013

I love coincidences ☺

Hi guys! :)
How's your week-end going?Hope you're enjoying a sunny,warm day..I'm typing this as I listen to the rain .The weather in this part of the world has been unusually moody and rainy .

We did have a couple of nice days this week and I took advantage of that by going on a 2 day long hike with my father.You probably don't know this but I'm a big hiking fan(it probably has something to do with growing up seeing the forest everyday ..just a guess :p).

We planned on going to the highest peak in Romania which is Moldoveanu Peak (2544 m).The peak is located in Fagaras Mountains (now for a little bit of a geography lesson ^^) in the Carpathians. What really struck me about these mountains,or this peak to be more specific,is that we met more foreigners than Romanians.Apparently , people come from other continents to see the peak.It was really interesting to see different kinds of coins that people left there or reminders that they have been there.
We started climbing on Wednesday at 10 or so in the morning and it took us approximately 8 hours to get to to the place where we would spend the night before leaving for the peak the next day.It was an extremely tiring experience seeing as I was not "fit".The last time I had went hiking was more than a month earlier and it wasn't as difficult.Still,pain or no pain,we made it to the hut in one piece and I couldn't be more grateful for a hot soup and a bed.I do admit it was one of the most cold and uncomfortable beds I have ever slept in but ,hey,in those circumstances it was a luxury hotel.


Can you see the hut?It looks so tiny :D
The main reason why I wanted to spend a night in the mountains was to see the sunrise from up there.So,consequently,after taking a walk(more like an obstacle ride) along the lake shore next to the hut,we went to sleep at about 9 .

The lake in the morning

The sun trying to peak from behind the clouds
We woke up at 6 or so in the morning  and climbed our way to the peak accompanied by a dog and really cold/windy/foggy weather. The rest is just a whirlwind of excitement,snow,fear,intense pain,happiness and gratitude.
Our companion that we shared lunch with

I broke my record of walking/hiking 12 hours in a day  as I managed to walk for almost 14 hours.Both my dad and I were limping like we had just come from some sort of war by the time we reached the city where we left our car.But we still had 2 km to go and I was already feeling like I was about to give up and just doze off and sleep in the middle of the road for the night. 

Thank God,I did not give up and a really kind man gave us a ride for the last 2 km.

Now,to the second story:the one about coincidences. I really love them,and this time a coincidence helped a lady find her dogs .

On our way up,on Wednesday, a kilometer or so from the place we parked our car,we ran into 3 dogs in the middle of the forest.They looked well-groomed and two of them had leashes,so we just assumed some evil person abandoned them there because he didn't want them anymore.One of them was hurt and it was crying all the time.They started following us and eventually we gave them food and became best friends :D They were our companions for five hours until we reached this hut :
That was when we  ran into a herd of sheep and two herdsmen.My dad thought it was best to talk to the herdsmen and convince them to keep the dogs there.At least they would have food and a place they belonged to.They didn't follow us after that.
Two of the dogs

On Thursday(the next day),as we reached a village,after 13 hours of walking,I decided to stop and sit on a rock.Just then, a car stopped next to us and the woman who was driving asked us if we hadn't seen a dog.
We said no.My dad asked how it looked and then the woman described 3 brown dogs.They were 3?If only the woman knew where her dogs were now. My dad explained everything and the woman looked relieved but still concerned as her dogs were so far away. Apparently,her nephews released the dogs from their leashes and they ran away ..

It's just amazing to think that if we hadn't run into the dogs that day and walked on that road at the same time the woman was driving on it the next day,no way on Earth would she have ever found them.I just hope she or someone close to her climbs up to that hut and gets the dogs back.

Amazing how some things work out,no?

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