The second part of our story about a trip in Danube Delta came with new details about the fascinaiting world of the birds and fishes from this land blessed by God will all the richness of the water, land and air.
Second day we are waiking up in our cabins after a very good sleep and we are ready for a new glorious day. In fact the real trip it starts today because will enter on the channels of the Delta using the small boats attached by the floating hotel. Motor boats. Will eat the breakfast and then putting on us the life vests we are embark on the boats. Here the rule it say that the ladies and the childrens are traveling by the catamaran ( a catamaran (/ˌkætəməˈræn/) (informally, a "cat") is a multi-hulled watercraft featuring two parallel hulls of equal size. It is a geometry-stabilized craft, deriving its stability from its wide beam, rather than from a ballasted keel as with a monohull sailboat. Catamaran is from a Tamil word "Kattumaram" which means logs tied together. ) and the man on the fishing boat.
We go and will meet our floating hotel, on Madgearu channel. Untill that moment will go to Letea Forrest, one of the most amazing reserves from Romania and I think even Europe. One of the hidden treasures of the continent lays here in Danube Delta. But let`s not anticipate. The way untill there will be on the water. We are passing trough the real roads of the reed, passages trough the reed which is elevating on the boads sides of the water channel. To the east is Port of Chilia where it was a work colony for the political prisoners from the communism and which inspired a very popular song in Romania which is called “La Chilia`n port” ( In the Port of Chilia)
We see yellow water lilies and we enjoing the sun and the brize, talking about things of life like 2 hours. We go in tandem with the boat of ladies and we salute them from time to time untill we arrive at Letea Village ready to visit the Letea Forrest. We dock to the small wharf of the village and are taking a few steps to the ground untill the plate which indicate that the village start there. In that point, it was waiting for us a waggon drawn by donkeys to transport us into the forest. The waggon was arranged whith small benches to be able to seat as confortable as possible. It was drove by a young boy and his mom. Going to the village streets , full of dust, unpaved, looking to the old houses built in the local style, from clay and covered with reed, painted in blue the colour of the Danube feels like a turn back in time. A village isolated by everybody in the middle of the water living here after the same rules of centuries. Suddenly we stop for “hydration” as said our captain. Meaning stop for toilet and cold beer or Pepsi/Coke. After 20 minutes we continue the trip to the famous forest. It was sorounded by a net wall. We stopped in front of the gates and the boy jumped forward to open it. We enter, the both waggons and he closed it back. The trip continued trough a lush vegetation of white poplar, black poplar, elm tree, English oak, silver lime, narrow-leafed ash and common alder. Along with those above, it is completed by a rich scale of sub-shrub species.
We stopped the waggons into the forest and from there we continued walking. Very weird it was that the soil was made by sand. I asked and the answer was that here in these region was entered the sea waters. That is why we have send. We came out from the forest to a large region with some bushes from place to place and groups of trees where the wild horses which are living in here, the last horses from Europe, are use to come. In the same area a little bit forward will find one of the rare things from this place, an old oak tree, which was here since 500 years ago. The thickness of its trunk was like 6 peoples taking hands around of it. On the way back to the waggons we studie it the sub tropical plants which are growing here and we were amazed buy the unicity of this places. The way back was very interesting and we get in our boats and continue another hour to the floating hotel which was waiting for us on the Madgearu channel.
Arriving to the boat we go straight to refresh ourselves after such a long journey on water and then to the lunch. In the meantime, the floating hotels was sailing to Mila23-rda fisherman village famous in Romania because here was born and raised our olympic champion at caiac canoe Ivan Patzaichin. Also is the largest community in the area. We stop after the lunch on the other side of the island and was cross the Danube to visit it. The touristic activity here is very intense , because many houses ere transformed into guesthouses ready to receive tourists. The end of this visit was at the main shop from the island to eat icecream or drink a cold beer as everybody wish. After this bacl on boat and then going to the floting hotel. From here we continue in march to the place where will stop for the night and from there will go into a evening visit to three lakes. First is Bogdaproste Lake on the Old Danube. We go there using the Cazanel Lake and then Trei Iezere lake. After that we are crossing Trei Iezere Lake to the east, passing trough the Lake At Noon and another smaller lake we arrive at Bogdaproste Lake. This lake is a natural one having many water plants at the surface, less deep, having the fauna and the flora specific to the Delta. A famous lake for fishing pike, carp, perch, crucian, but also for the birds colonies where we can see the brown-headed duck.
Then will comeback to Trei Iezere Lake – This lake is one of the most beautifull lakes from the northern Delta. I supposed that the name of the lake - Trei Iezere - ( Three Ponds) came because this assembly of ponds from the Northern Delta, formed from the ponds “La Amiaza”, “Cazanele”, and “Lacul Radacinos”. Trei Iezere Lake is a lake less deep, its depness does not cross 1-1.5 meters, in concluson the access to the lake is possible only when the Danube River`s share at Tulcea is going over +150 cm
The shores of the lake are generally with reed, not allowing camping (ATTENTION: Camping in the Danube Delta is strictly forbidden), the shrubs marking shy, only some areas scattered along the banks.
Lake Trei Iezere is a true gateway to the Northern Delta, so visiting it is a must for any tourist in Delta. Moreover, located close to Crisan, it is an extremely "touristic" destination through the landscapes it offers. Despite this, Lake Three Lake is a "quiet" lake, seldom traveled by tourists. A visit to Lake Three Iezere, especially in the spring, can offer a special experience with the solitude and tranquility of the Danube Delta.
After the visit time around 7 PM we are coming back to the ship for dinner. And for the night time. The Jackals are yealing in the dakness of the night and then, little by little the silent covere everything. It is our first night in the middle of the wilderness of Danube Delta. Sleep Well.