I wonder if we’re the only people in the world who went to Plitvice and weren’t blown away by its beauty. Ching-I, N and I drove there from Zagreb in a rental car full of excitement and anticipation. I had seen the photos online of the crystal-clear, cascading waterfalls, and the still pools of blue water surrounded by cliffs. Well, it seems like everyone else including the entire older Japanese population from Japan heard the same rave reviews because they were all there in what was supposed to be non-peak season.
The three of us made our way through the waterfalls and lakes on the weaving boardwalk, slowly bypassing gray-haired European tourists with their big DSLRs and hordes of Japanese tourists following young ladies waving JTB flags. As a Zagreb local told us, October is Japanese tourist season in Croatia. Believe me, it is.
I’m a big fan of national parks. I think it’s wonderful that our hard earned tax dollars are spent on preserving and maintaining the beautiful natural resources that we’ve been blessed with in this country. According to the National Park Service website, there are currently 58 National Parks in America. In 2012, there were over 270 million visitors to the national parks. We were two of those two hundred and seventy odd million visitors.