Summer Picnic

We went back to the Staro Hopovo (Old Hopovo) monastery in the Fruska Gora National Park Saturday. We were there last January and it was so cold that I said I wanted to go back in warm weather. We did on Sunday for a family picnic.

We had a nice lunch in the sunshine and then I took the kids for the hike. The boys were complaining a bit, but in the end, they found some sticks and were pretending to be soldiers as we walked along the stream. There is a spring behind the monastery that people go and fill up bottles.

Owen Crosses the Bridge

Family Journal: January 15-17, 2010

Ocean in front of Cave at Staro Hopovo Monastery - Fruska Gora N.P.

On Sunday we headed up to Staro Hopovo Monastery in the Fruska Gora National Park. I was anxious to get out of the house after a very lazy, and relaxing Saturday. It was a really cold day and we did enjoy the drive and a short walk in the ravine areas near the monastery. We discovered a small cave, which we need to come back to explore as well as the trails in the area. Perfect place for walks, bike rides, and picnics with the kids. The monastery is located just outside of the town of Irig.

It is the simple things that are the best in life. If I could re-live a moment, it would be a Saturday evening walk with Owen and Oliver. We walked through the “spooky forest” (Haid Park) to get a pizza at Zodiac. It is a restaurant near our house in Senjak. The boys were so excited to be walking with a flashlight. We had races to the restaurant as we got close. They were so excited and we laughed a lot. It is nice to have them be so dependent on me for adventure and excitement. I wish these kind of moments could be re lived in the future when they are on their own and more independent. Both Ollie and Owen are so cute and so full of life. What an honor to be a father! I hope I am doing a good job with them.

Ollie on the Trail