Before we went on our summer holiday Jenna visited me in Romania. She took a flight to Targu Mures in Transylvania and we went to explore a very nice mountain area with prominent rock formations and beautiful gorges. The most famous is the Turda Canyon but this time we had time only for one longer walk and we chose to climb the huge rock called Szekler Stone (Szekler is a Hungarian ethnic group living in Transylvania) just next to the house where we stayed.
We only had to step out of our door to start the hike.
First we climbed a steep gully up to the peak of the „stone”. On our way up we spotted plenty of bolted routes, too bad we didn’t have our gear with us. Strangely enough, nobody was climbing!
After a short ridge walk we descended on equally steep terrain.
From above we spotted a castle on the other side of the valley so we set it as our next destination.
We had to climb up a very steep hill again but the view was wonderful from there so we didn’t complain. Jenna even tried her rock climbing skills on the walls of the castle ruins!
A few days later we checked out the mud volcanos near Buzau (Eastern part of Romania). These unique mud formations are shaped by the gases coming up from below the surface.
As the water here is salty there is no vegetation (only a few unique plants can survive here) which lends the „lunar” look to the landscape. It was really fun walking over it, a bit like walking over glacier terrain, finding the way among the „crevasses”.