The Curonian Spit is among five longest sandy spits in the world, the largest and most impressive spit in the Baltic region. It separates the Curonian Lagoon from the open Baltic Sea. Natural forces of wind and sea waves have created the land which is now 98 km long and 0.4-4km wide. The spit contains of 9 settlements, 7 of which belong to Lithuania.
The Curonian Spit is called the pearl of the Baltic sea. It has been included into UNESCO World Heritage List. It is an outstanding yet very fragile place. Every summer there are fires caused by inattentive citizens, but the trees are being planted again every year. I love spending time there. The air is so fresh and the place itself is so relaxing. I used to spend my entire summers there as a child and it always feels so good to go back. It is only five minute ferry ride over to the Curonian Spit and we live only 10 minutes away from these ferries. I wish we went there more often, really.
Today my mom asked me to join her for a bike ride to the Curonian Spit and I couldn't say no, could I? Our actual intention was to see if there were any mushsrooms, because it's just about the time they start showing up in the forests. We knew the answer the minute we got out of the ferry and met other mushroom hunters. This Autumn is very poor for mushrooms they said. Oh well, we still wanted to make sure and cycled a circle of 28 km (17.4 miles) in total. We managed to gather a medium bucket of various edible mushrooms and what a tasty dinner we had afterwards!
Of course I was interested in non edible or even poisonous weird colored/shaped mushrooms even more! I have a plenty of photos coming together with another blog post later this week! I hope you had a wonderful beginning of the week! :)