Don’t worry, you are soon to be resting at the Schlosser’s palace. I was slightly disappointed when we realized that the mountain lodge isn’t working. Didn’t bother to find some newer information but the Internets say that the lodge is working everyday, from May to September. Okay, cold beer has been cancelled, gotta live with that. About the lodge and being surprised when you find it not working: my advice is not to be surprised. Last time I was here, I was actually surprised that IT WAS, indeed, working. It was on the last years Risnjak trail race when many, not so serious, racers were enjoying some cold beers on the way down. I am not sure about that, but maybe two or three years ago, the superintendents of the Schlosser mountain lodge changed.
Schlosser's palace finally
The details are a little tricky to write about because the previous superintendents were actually scared to continue their work here. My right winged friends always like to hear this kind of stories because it just fuels them to be even more intolerant concerning the immigrant question. So, yes, the story is about some people, prolly immigrants because Risnjak is actually on their usual routes towards Slovenia, towards the greater Western Europe and World, the white, rich man’s world, whatever. One of those groups broke in the Schlosser mountain lodge, broke down the door, broke all the windows, made camp fire inside the building, shit on the floor even when there were fully functioning toilets and plainly speaking just made a big mess. Yes, Rick and Morty fans will probably ‘member the hit single Get Schwifty from our beloved duo:
Take off your pants and your panties
Shit on the floor
Time to get schwifty in here
You could say that those people really got schwifty in the Schlosser palace. Superintendents quit, saying they no longer feel safe here. I met aunt Vesna (she is everybody’s mountain aunt, although I’m not sure she would like that title and all those people calling her aunt), she is absolutely great. There is a picture of her hand feeding a fox in front of the Schlosser lodge! You know what? If the fox, that dog-cat sneaky git trusts her, I trust her too. She wasn’t feeling safe and that’s it. This is the reason you sometimes, even today, cannot enjoy a cold one at Schlosser’s. Of course, organizational problems yada yada yada. We want Vesna and beer back!
Getting up, towards the Great Risnjak peak
We took a little break in the shadow of the old Schlosser. The plan was to first reach our goal for today, the peak of Great Risnjak (1528 metres above sea level) and then eat something… or everything. So, no cooling down entirely before the job for a mountain cowboy is done. It is a 15 minute climb to le grande Risnjak. You will finally use your hands a little and there is a short ferrata near the top. Nothing anyone could not manage. The views are absolutely amazing: on a good day you can see the whole Kvarner, Učka and Ćićarija mountains, island of Krk, croatian Snježnik, slovenian Snježnik, Guslica military base, Lokvarsko lake, Velebit mountain range and the Schlosser’s palace in front of you, of course. Here you go Tarnished, your rewards!
Come and find peace at the peak of Great Risnjak (pray that there are no other people up there, of course)
From left to right: Snježnik (croatian), Guslica, Snežnik (slovenian)
After overeating fruits, sweets and sandwiches, we gave drugs (Aspirin +C) to some poor woman whose legs hurt. Always ready to help people and get them drugged, yes sir-e! Well, that’s sports! In one moment, a lot of people were just chilling in front of the Schlosser. We decided to go because we still have to get back to Platak and one of the more wild additions to the plan was to visit Snježnik on the way back. Unfortunately, my companions were really tired and Tix got some problems with his leg, Risnjak bite gave him a spasm. We decided not to go to Snježnik this time and I suggested to them that they visit Snježnik when they go to the underground conference that is soon being held in Guslica. *hue hue hue*