Romania Trip Log, Day 3, June 12 - Had forgotten to set my alarm clock ahead 1 hour coming from Germany to Romania, but I managed to be ready for
Peter when he arrived to pick me up. Breakfast was 4 slices of ham, slices of bread, 2 wedges of soft cheese, butter, jam and coffee (1 cup only).
Enough food for me to make Peter a sandwich to take along for the dayís activities.
He arrived around 9:20, had to go to his doctor to have a tick
removed (his 1st); back to his apt. to get his hiking boots, stopped at a small street bakery for a couple rolls, then to visit one of his internet
customers. Then found a gas station with free, open, clean toilets. Drove south on Hiway 12 thru vast areas of potato
fields to the town of Tusnad Spa (Baile Tusnad).
Parking the car, we began our first mountain hike, a climb of 190 meters in 2 kms. I began to see
what Peter had in store for me!. We passed thru upper valleys of meadows, then thru the woods and on to the top of this stone massive.
The view to the south, east and north were fantastic, nothing but mountains in the distance and the deep valley below. Peter had a cache hidden here,
so I tried to find it, but without success. He had to steer me towards it, but even then it was hard to find. I had nothing to leave in the box,
but did take out a tiny basketball toy which I will treasure.
If I do caching back home Iíll use toy footballs if I can find them.
Back at the car, we went on foot to find a nearby mofeta, a small pit with water at the bottom up thru which sulfur gas passes.
But since it is heavier than air, it remains in the pit up to a certain level. You test the level with a cigarette lighter, lowering it until
the flame goes out. You stand in this pit around the water, so that the sulfur gas bathes your lower legs and is said to provide certain health benefits.
Unfortunately this one was closed when we got there, after a hike of some 1 km+.
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