“Ochiul Bei” and the waterfalls at Nera’s Gorges

June 27, 2013 in diary, Travel





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After a day of walking to see Ponicova cave and driving to Nera’s Gorges, we woke up in camping Bei, had our breakfast, wasted some time around and eventually decided we should start our trip even if we are going to return back considering the trip is too tough for us. But at least we knew the first trail path is gonna be super easy and marvelous at the same time..

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Nera river receives on the right side as affluent the Bei stream. On its valley, an enchanting forest road cuts through the woods to the place called “Ochiul Beiului” or Bei’s water pan. Forest road goes up the river and after about an hour of hike you reach the Bei water pan. This is fed by the Bei river through an impressive fall of breathtaking beauty, the famous Beusnita Waterfall. We also encountered multiple cascading waterfalls on our way to the Bei’s water pan and then to the outstanding Beusnita Falls. You can not imagine the beauty of Bei’s water pan turquoise shade and the tranquility these places carry..

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On return we collected water from the spring draining in the Bei water pan and had a last look to the outstanding beauty of the turquoise water.

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Our trail path should pass once again near the Camping Bei and continue to Cantonul Damian. On our way we decided to complete our food reserves with some snails plentifully found on our path, after a short night rain and some wild garlic for a salad to eat along with the snails. We even found some morel mushrooms, but we never ate this kind, so we threw them away.

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We took a short break near “La Vaioaga” waterfall..

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When we arrived at the place we thought it was Cantonul Damian, but it actually was another place near it, it was almost dark. I started preparing the snails for cooking. I didn’t know much about cooking snails, so I started cleansing them with salt! They almost entirely jellified…it was not until my husband came with an armful of wood sticks for the fire camp, that I started preparing them appropriately. He told me he knows that salt jellifies the snails, so with the little water left I started dissolving it out. With the few snail meat left I cooked burned my first meal with snails, on the fire my husband just set up for me. How I ended burning them? Well..having just a little time left before the sunset, I got hooked with the garlic salad and other things I had to do before the night sets, and left them over the fire in a fish can. I also made a tea with some plants that we thought they were mint, but actually they were only half mint, the other half was a look alike plant. With the burned snails, a shady tea and no water left, we ate our last can of peas with chicken, that should have been our meal for the next day, with the wild garlic salad and some salty crackers.

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Sitting down by the fire camp I started hearing some sounds, like those from a pack of wolves, so I said to myself this is it, if we don’t get eaten by the wolves, tomorrow I’m leaving home. There was no way my husband could convince me there were no wolves out there, only after 3 hours of continuous barking I realized that it’s impossible that those sounds could come from a pack of wolves. But my sweet husband had prepared another small campfire, ready to be lighted up just in case some weird things would cross my mind. After 4 hours near the campfire, we slept in the middle of hostile nature.To be continued..

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