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New Website, New Blog, but the Old Blog Archive remains: September 28, 2023

After many years of wanting a real website, this month I finally have a website designed by the very knowledgeable Rey Rey Rodriguez ( TheMindOfReyRey ). My old blog,  Vacation-Travel-Adventure  continues with the same address but it is located in the "Archives" tab on my new website . The new blog which is a continuation but with much better resolution for 4K screens, it is now at .

Maramureş County - Hiking on Creasta Cocosului, Romania: April 28, 2018

View of Creasta Cocosului from Deseşti
After breakfast we're hiking to Creasta Cocosului. Creasta Cocosului (Rooster's Comb) was formed from lava consolidated after eruptions that took place millions of years ago. The maximum elevation is 1450 meters/4757 ft. We're driving to the trailhead at a pass in the Gutai Mountains and hiking from there. The hike will take us to the peak where we'll continue the hike all the way back to the guesthouse in Deseşti.

The scenery was beautiful. There were wildflowers unknown and wild crocus along the path.

Getting near the top we found snow.

Panorama of Creasta Cocosului with Dan and Diana
Once we got near the top, it was easy to see how this peak got its name. It does look like a Rooster's Comb.

The rocks here have a strange magnetic charge. Our local hiking guide, Emil Pop, held his compass near the rock pinnacles and the arrow pointing to north flipped 180°.  Emil is responsible for making and mapping the hiking/biking trails in this area.

Wild Crocus
After lunch, we began our hike down the mountain and to the guesthouse.

Emil and Diana

A scare-bottle contraption hung up to make noise and keep the wild boar away from crops
Looking back at Creasta Cocosului Peak

The hike was 22 k/13.67 mi. Our feet were kind of tired by the time we reached our guesthouse. It was a great day!