OverviewIn the summer of 2011 me and three friends of mine, we took a one-day adventure in the medium part of Stara planina, also known as Balkan - the longest mountain on the Balkans. We started from Gabrovo, a close mountain town, heading on south to peak Ispolin ("Collosus",as translated from Bulgarian). The peak is 1523,4 m high and is actually the last one above 1500 m, the highest one from here to the Black Sea. The area is called Uzana, it's the local ski resort (a non developed one). Here is also the geographic center of Bulgaria.
Ethnographic complex Etara (near town of Gabrovo). I observe a water spring, passing through a house.
One of the houses, typical for the 2nd part of XIX century here.
In the mountain already, advancing on the old asphalt road...
Black road replaces the asphalt further.
At the foot of our peak - just warming for the real one :)
Crocus balcanensis - also called Минзухар in Bulgaria. It is said that this flower comes before the spring... And stays for all warm months after.
Just before the peak. This is the steepest part. Here we already have a 360 degrees panorama.
On the peak. For our luck, we met there a young couple and they took us a picture.
Azimuth sign, showing the directions to the nearby peaks and places of interest.
On the col, leading to another peak, we saw this retro, Sovietic car, carefully maintained by its owner.
Eating and relaxing, just before our return.
Rali has a new home! The photo is shot just before to tell her, that there is lots of insects inside! ^_^
On the geographic center of Bulgaria! We found around lots of mushrooms (Macrolepiota procera, known as Сърнела in Bulgaria). They were quite delicious souvenir from that place, as we discover a few hours later =)