The Turda Gorge in Romania
I grew up close to this beautiful canyon, and as a consequence I have been taken it for granted. We used to go for a quick picnic there on any given weekend, or just stop by once in a while. I visited it with my school, on a filed trip. So it didn't seem too cool, just a normal, everyday place.
In fact, it is far from just everyday place. Turda Gorge is a natural preserve, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Romania, home to about 1000 different species of plants and more than 60 of animals, some of them very rare or endangered. Living far away from this place, I appreciate it much more than ever.
When I last visited my parents, we took my children back to the gorge. We had a wonderful time exploring nature during the one and half mile long hike along the creek at the bottom. The walk was easy and pleasant in the shade of huge rocks towering on each side of the trail. We crossed the creek four times back and forth on old wooden foot bridges, which swayed as we walked across them, to the enjoyment of the kids. At places we had to walk single file, as the trail narrowed to fit between the canyon wall and the creek.
We had spent a pleasant day at the gorge just exploring nature by the creek. It made me miss being a kid, being able to just take this place for granted. It really is special in so many ways, and I had to grow up and leave to appreciate it.
It's all in the perspective....
Image Credit » (c) Emese Fromm