Romania Trip Log, Day 8, June 17 - Checked out of the pension to leave Brasov; unfortunately I forgot to unplug Peterís battery charger from the wall,
so after we were several blocks away the pension called Peterís cell phone to let him know something had been left. We returned for it (they had his
cell number because he had make the reservation for me).
Overcast skies, not sure if we can hike today, so drove southward to Bran where the famous
Dracula castle is located. Parked and walked up to the entrance area to the castle grounds (lots of souvenir stands, etc. there) but I didnít want
to tour the castle, so took some pictures of it from a distance and we drove on. People come from all over the world to see this castle!
After arriving back home, a St Louis Post Dispatch news article said the castle is for sale!
We drove to another gorge area west of Zarnesti,
parked and walked up through this more open one, being Sunday lots of other hikers and walkers. We passed some climbers with ropes going up
the sheer side of the gorge, ended up 1-2 kms ahead where a mountain stream flows under the roadway. Peter wanted to hike UP the mountain
and eventually back to the car, but I was beginning to feel the strain of the past several days and begged off. We returned to the car.
We headed to a smaller gorge, this one has a cable stretched across the top of it at 137 meters from which hardy souls can bungee jump.
We walked up to the jumping area, where the cage which carries the jumper is hoisted up to the overhead cable. Preparing the jumper on the ground
and hoisting the cage upward takes about an hour, so lots of people standing around watching. Will he jump or chicken out?
There was also some light mist/rain but no thunder/lightning. Well, he did jump and Peter got a picture of him on the way down.
In the meantime I had walked about 1-2 kms up the road, crested a small rise and ahead about 100 yards to the right of the road was a trash heap,
and a small brown bear rummaging around in it; when he/she saw me, he turned and lumbered back into the woods. I decided I had gone far enough,
and returned, met Peter coming to find me, and we went back to the car.
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