Day 813: Jägala Waterfall

Ah, Sunday! I managed to do my 15-kilometre run early enough to have some time for other activities as well. I know I needed to make up a plan. A plan for my life. I want to do all those things but simply cannot get started because I don’t have a plan. I don’t have deadlines either. This is bad. However, the weather was so nice, freezing, yet sunny that I wanted to do something different. Critics would say I was procrastinating. I would say I was enjoying the nature and Estonian winter. Anyhow, we drove to the Jägala waterfall, a place we have wanted to visit for a long time.

The thing is that the River Jägala flows through our small town. The waterfall itself is about 20 km away from us, about 4 km before the river ends up in the Gulf of Finland. It is very wide, about 50 metres, which makes it the widest in Estonia. In winter, it’s a peculiar sight because the water freezes. In summer, it would be impossible to walk across it but you can do just that in winter. Just look at the photos on this website to get to know it better.

It turned out that we were not the only ones there. It is located in a small village, not too close to the capital. I didn’t think that so many people would come to see it! There was a traffic jam in the village. Imagine that. Cars parked on both sides of the road and other cars trying to squeeze through. While imagining it, you should also consider that we have large amounts of snow, especially at the sides of the road. This means that some cars actually got stuck if they went too far to the side while letting others pass. It was a bit awful. I am still a beginner when it comes to driving. Eventually, we pulled over, got out of the car and walked to the waterfall. The traffic calmed down afterwards. Lucky!

The waterfall wasn’t as majestic as it is in the summer. With around -13 degrees, it was mostly frozen and not much water was flowing. This, however, meant that it was possible to walk on the river, peek behind the icy waterfall and try your luck in an ice cave where an icicle could hit your head any time (that’s not a joke, a few years ago someone was killed in Tallinn because an icicle fell on her head from a house). We took quite many photos, they will start appearing on my Instagram account. Click on the images on the right-hand side of this site if you want to look at them.

Obviously, the waterfall is open all year round and it’s free to visit. There are also some walking trails nearby and a small shop in the Koogi village. It’s called “Koogi pood” which literally means “cake shop”. Don’t get too excited though, it’s just a place name!

Progress Report

1. Own and live in a house.

Awful-awful procrastination on the work-front. Did think about making plans on how to organise my work life but never got any further than the thought. Oh, I did upload some of my nature photos to Shutterstock. If they go through, they could bring in some money.

2. Write AND publish a book.

Didn’t write, didn’t read. Soon.

3. Win a major race.

Most progress made towards this goal. First, a successful aerobic threshold run (heart rate 156) for 15 km. Then, a short drive and walk near the waterfall. Strength training in the evening, followed by massage. My muscles have never been in such a great condition, my husband told me.

Photo of the Day

The frozen waterfall.

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