We knew we were in for a real adventure when Pave held her hand infront of her face, four fingers raised, and warned, "Don't cross the channel today. Very windy and four meter waves!"
"4 meters," I thought, "That's not so bad..." until I remembered that I had to multiply by 3 to get to feet. Woah. Sara and I glanced at each other with angst:
Our big ambitions to make the crossing to Kolocep Island, one of the 13 Elafiti Islands, were squashed. We would not "discover its blue caves, impressive cliffs and reefs, sandy beaches, romantic villages and pleasant walks," as the rental company had so eloquently described. Click Read More to see where we ended up and some photos of walking around the city walls in the ancient city of Dubrovnik!
The (short) kayaking part...
Dandy Restaurant in Zaton Mali (10 minutes north of Dubrovnik) was the meeting point: "the only one in the village, so you can't miss it." Well, we missed it of course, because Google sent us on a whirlwind tour up a nearly-vertical hillside. I finally called Pave and she said "I can see you, drive forward a little more!" As we were getting out of the car, a bike zoomed by us and yelled "HELLO!" I thought, "Wow, people are friendly in this small quiet village." As it turned out, it was Pave riding down from her house nearby. She brought us to the kayaks and soon sent us on our way (after her warning, of course). Sadly, Elizabeth was a little sick, so she kept good watch over Stevanovich, the Peugeot and took some super artsy photos as we paddled away. Example:
More photos... click to enlarge and see captions!
Distance: 6 km (3.7 miles)
Duration: ~2 hours
Scroll to the bottom of the post for a map!