After a little stroll, we headed to the airport to pick up our rental car. We are driving around Croatia! However, automatic cars are much more expensive to rent in Europe... So we are driving a manual car, and I'm the most experienced stick shift driver of the group. For the record, I hadn't driven a manual car in at least two years! I was so nervous that I would embarrass myself in front of the rental car people or not even get out of the parking lot! But, there was nothing to worry about! While maybe it took a bit of time to get used to, I had little trouble driving the car! It was amazing. We drove to Plitvice Lakes, which is a famous national park in Croatia and found our small and adorable hostel. These small hostels are the best. You get to know the people around you and the owners. That night, we got food at the market and cooked at the hostel on a wood grill. I don't think I've ever cooked dinner with a better view. We are quite excellent cooks. The view from the hostel was also very nice. I enjoyed being out in nature and the peace and quiet. We went to bed early for a early day tomorrow.
But at that moment, a storm rolled in. We saw the ominous clouds and knew it was about to pour. I spotted a cave and we made a run for it. Somehow, we made it there quite dry and got to watch an incredible thunderstorm from the safety of a cave. The rain poured down and it was pretty to watch. There were lighting strikes that I could see dip clearly it was incredible and the thunder boomed. Eventually, the storm settled and we took off in a much quieter park. As we walked back, the clouds looked incredibly cool. Some were like marshmallows! After the long day in the park, we made it back to our cart to head to Split.