We continued up north along the beach road to Karlobag when we saw on our left the island of Pag with golden sands and lots of inlets, one inside another. At that point we started crossing the Velebit Mountains on the road leading to Karlobad and with each turn we saw more of the island and the islands behind it. A breathtaking view. Once we were a bit further in the direction of Plitvička heavy rain started coming down on us.
Intoxicated from the clear air, we never thought to check the local weather forecast, and just got into the jeep and started to drive. The trip took us about 4 hours, and sky seemed darker by the minute… when we arrived at the local town of Baldi it was pouring cats and dogs and we realized that we’ll have to pass on visiting the volcano for the day.
A bridge on the way to Arenal volcano
Malaysia’s rainy season begins in October and ends in March, making the summer months a great time to spend in the city and avoid the monsoons which can affect the rest of the country at this time of year. Light clothing is always recommended, but generally air-conditioning is endemic within city limits, and rains only serve to make the climate more refreshing.
We went on our trip in the end of August, and traveled through most of September. Everyone will tell you not to go to Alaska in these months, everyone – except the locals. The people we met told us that the autumn is the best season to visit central Alaska – and they were absolutely right. The air is drier, the sky are clear (the end of august monsoon season), it’s less crowded with tourists and the autumn leaves are a sight to behold. During the whole trip we had only 3 days of rain.