White Waters and Deep Caves

Trip Start Aug 10, 2010
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Trip End Oct 28, 2010


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Friday, August 20, 2010

We headed back to the mainland to the city of Markaska, a small resort city that is the vacation destination for a lot of locals. As soon as I left my cabin and looked outside, I was struck by the towering mountains that set the backdrop of the town. Its another beautiful harbor with cafes and retaurants lining the water. As usual, everyone passing by our boat would stop and take pictures of it, and we had fun posing in the background for them. Shortly after we docked, probably the biggest yacht I have ever seen pulled up opposite our boat. This thing was massive, it had 4 decks and had to be at least 150 meters long. It was a funny contrast between the two boats, a super yacht and a pirate ship, side by side, people taking pictures of both.

That day we had the option of a white water rafting excursion, and having my fair share of beaches this week (I live in LA), I jumped at it. We took a scenic 45 minute drive up the mountainside and 8 of us started down the river with our skipper Dorian, who seemed a little crazy. It had to be the most scenic river ride (rafting or kayaking) that I've ever been on. The waters were pretty calm for most of the 2 hour journey and it was nice to relax and cruise down the river with the beautiful scenery. The river was lined with forests that shaded the water, with cliffs and mountains in the background.  The occasional rapids were actually pretty fun and we had a few opportunities to jump out and swim. We also came up to a nice waterfall which we proceeded to go behind and fill our water bottles with; and of course we went through it too and needless to say the freezing water really woke us up.  On the way down the river, I figured out how to strap on my camera to my helmet to get some cool videos as we went through the rapids. Sure other boats were laughing at me, but I got some awesome shots.

Later that night, after dinner together, we walked through the town which was buzzing with music from the many bars and clubs, but there was only one in the town worth going to, a club called deep. Its one of two clubs in the city that are actually inside of a cave by the sea.  It was a really cool atmosphere, with the ocean on one end and a bar and dance floor on the other end, inside the cave. It was a really fun night as we danced until 4 in the morning.
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