THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE ON THE EMERALD RIVER
EMERALD QUEEN – THE WILD BEAUTY OF SLOVENIA
When I was younger and thought of the wild river, my mind always wondered to movies which show a group of friends in a raft, going fast down a river full of rapids. I was always attracted to such movies and they sparked a wish in me for such an adventure. I have quickly forgotten the plot of the movie, but the wish for adventures with a raft on a wild river lingered on. I have later on researched the Western part of Slovenia, an area that is part of the Julian Alps and Triglav – the highest mountain in Slovenia. Right there, under the magnificent mountain, is where the Soča River springs to the surface. It is a true beauty and I can easily call it the Emerald Queen – Soča River. This river has carved a marvelous path with pools and deep gorges through the Trenta Valley, all the way past Bovec to Tolmin. Later on, Soča calms down, widens and flows into the sea in a grand style.
FANTASY OF TEAMWORK
The day finally came, when I had a chance to descend down the Emerald River. It was a hot summer day, right after the rainy period, which filled the streams and cleared the air. We expected nice rapids but got a turbulent river, full of quick and fantastic passages past rocky boulders. We were a group of seven friends, all quite strong and athletes, so we found the descend to be pure pleasure. We have put the raft on the water a bit below Bovec and ended good ten kilometers lower in a village called Trnovo. It was pure fantasy of teamwork and task coordination while making sure to keep the appropriate line on the water. Our guide Blaž, a local nature lover and experienced kayaking competitor, seated us well on the raft and went on the rapids in a master style. A remarkable experience that kept our hearts pumping fast for a little less than two hours until we went across the last rapids and parked our raft in a calmer part of the river.
SOČA IS A RIVER THAT INSPIRES
I know today, that rafting down the Soča River is one of the most beautiful experiences this emerald pearl has to offer. It is a poetry of raw power and a masterpiece of nature. Soča offers a person an intensive interaction with nature and a pleasant experience. It is a special world, full of positive adrenaline, a perfect experience of one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Soča is a river that inspires, a river that gives you special feelings of pleasure and encourages you for further research of one of the most beautiful parts of Slovenia.
REVIVAL AND NEW LIFE
Both the emerald stone and the Soča river are characterized by their color, which is a symbol of revival and new life. The precious stone and the river share the harmony of transparent green light, colorful peacefulness and refreshment. What else could the journey along the Soča river be but a search for beauty condensed in an emerald, what else but the quenching of the soul yielded to man by virgin water, an eternal feature of the Alps?
Written by Matej Mejovšek. Photography by Sašo Kočevar & Kata Adventures.