This is a view towards the Kamnik Alps from a field just to the north of the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. Fortunately, the timing of my visit coincided nicely with some of the nicest colors of the day.
That’s one of about a dozen shots taken during a brief bike ride yesterday afternoon to and through the the settlements of Spodnje (lower) Gameljne, Srednje (middle) Gameljne and Zgornje (upper) Gamelnje, and Šmartno pod Šmarno Goro. The latter is a settlement that lies in the shadow of Šmarna Gora, one of the most popular hills in the immediate Ljubljana area for day hikers, walkers and trail runners.
For most intents and purposes, this area is mostly rural, even though these villages are only about 13 kilometers to the north and northwest of Ljubljana’s city center. Yet definitely off the beaten path enough to allow one to become pleasantly lost on muddy dirt tracks –for at least a little while.
Note: for those of you who need a refresher (or are just eager to learn!), in Slovenian č, š and ž are pronounced “ch”, “sh”, and “zh”. So Šmarna, above, is pronounced Shmarna.
Ljubljana has already experienced overnight temperatures dipping to near zero (32 F), which translates to snow in the mountains. Pictured in most of these are the Kamnik Alps and Kamniško Sedlo, the 1,903m (6,243ft) high saddle that’s an attractive regular fixture of most mountain vistas pointing to the the north from Ljubljana, which I wrote about here. I was hoping to make another jaunt to that area before the snows this autumn, but it looks like that won’t be happening this year.
A few few more images follow. As you’ll see the harvests are done for the year, but the trees haven’t really started turning yet. The color highlights here are generally in the latter half of October, although there hasn’t really been much consistency with that in the dozen years I’ve been here.
And for the traveling bicyclists among you: If you’re passing through but short on time and looking for a pleasant trip to the rural fringes of the city, this is a decent option. In less than 20 minutes you’ll be surrounded by fields and farms, with mountain views in most directions. A route map is below. The immediate stretch where the route turns to the north-northeast along the Sava River also features several trails suitable for mountain bikers and hikers.
Approximately 13 kilometers to the north of Ljubljana’s city center, 12 October 2016