Pakumulšių miškaJune 25 in Lithuania ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C
The water we are parked at today is less stunning than Plateliai, where we spent midsummer, but pretty nonetheless. Its odd Y shape hints at the fact that it is a small reservoir.
We spend the first night in its tarmacced car park as the heat is bearable, then move to the shade provided by thick tree growth at the side of a dirt track the following morning. We are closer to the compost loo (a timber built hut with a hole in the concrete floor) and the messy bin area, but it's worth it, the thermometer reading is 32°C in the shade, 4°C hotter than forecast and we are melting.
Lathering on the sunscreen, we took the canoe out onto the slightly cooler water, exploring the bugs munching patterns into lily pads and admiring the Great Crested Grebes and Dragonflies. We even spotted a couple of Black Terns!
Joining the young families enjoying the sandy beach, pier and swimming area we took a cooling dip. Not only is it more scenic to park near water, we've really appreciated the reprieve it gives from the heat.
The following morning Vicky was browsing headlines and clicked on an article about Europe's heatwave. People have been getting in to difficulty while trying to cool off in the water. In Lithuania 27 people have recently died while swimming, in Poland the number of lives lost is 90. We'll be very mindful of this.Read more