The park was there but the animals weren’t. Turns out they spend the summer deep in the forest and are not usually visible from the trails. Also the photography safaris that I had seen in the parks brochure only run in the winter months. Gutted.
We went into the park anyway and decided against the 1567m climb to the top of mount Risnjak, but opted for the 4.2km Leska trail instead which was beautiful and almost empty. We saw honey buzzards above us and plenty of bees, but no bears.
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins