Sunday, 2 April 2017

An adventure day in the magical Kokořín-forest


A short drive north of Prague you will find the magical Kokořín-forest. It's a big wild forest with cool sandstone pillars, caves and some impressive sand stone sculptures by the Czech artist Václav Levý.

We got the coordinates from a friend and went on a half day family excursion for a walk in the forest and to build a den. We found the big stone sculptures "čertovy hlavy" (devils heads) which was unexpected because we thought this was just a normal forest trip.

30-40 minutes north of Prague.

Baking hot!

We have had some amazing summer weather in the end of march and the first days of April. It has been 20-25 degrees hot and the nature is in full bloom, mostly, in the forest its not so green yet but there is a few hepaticas and wood anemones.

This day was perfect for building a den using only a knife so that was what we did. The boys likes a YouTube channel called"Primitive technology" that is run by an Australian guy that can make almost anything just with this hands. This is their favourite video where he builds a hut with clay tiles and a clay oven.

Through the primitive technology channel, we have learned to make "strings" with the soft bark from young trees. We didnt finish the den as it was getting dark so lets hope its still there for a next time.

"Tie" sticks with a "string" made of bark.

Figuring out what the next step is..

"Roof tiles" from a pine tree that had fallen down.

After some time it started to get dark so we had to leave the den building project for a next time.

On the way back we found lots of dens in various styles that people had built. Quite the right forest for den building materials!

Porous sandstone with many holes. A natural climbing wall.

A big hole for us too!

We drove back another way and got this amazing view of the Kokořín Castle. The road wriggled its way into the dense forest between steep stone pillars and hanzel and gretel house-style family-pubs with playgrounds, of course. This will be a trip for the next time when we are in this area. Then we'll also go on a longer trek and look at the rest of the sculptures and caves. Since we were busy with our den building we didnt have time to walk the trails that were there. Anyone who wants to make a longer trek can go all the way to the castle. There are many interesting things to see in the forest such as caves, a monastery, beautiful carved stone figures and mysterious stone pillars.

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