First we went to Polcenigo. We wanted to explore the castle and the park, but they had a market in the piazza and I just wasn't in the mood to deal with parking and lots of people. So I told Will to just drive. We took some random turns, enjoying the Italian charm of each town we came to. Eventually we ended up back on the Mountain Highway and decided to head back to base for lunch. A pretty river caught my eye as we were driving and we took the next turn to see if we could find the walking path I had spotted. We got really lucky and found a park with a parking lot right there at the end of the road.
We saw the Humus Park signs and assumed it was the park name and just followed the arrows. We stayed along the path and got some gorgeous views of the water. I assumed we were just going to the end of the paved path, but Will kept going. We came across an abandoned building with metal walkways built into it. I refused to leave solid ground, but Will was brave and took pictures for me from the inside.
After we crossed a small bridge I figured we'd turn around, but Will thought the path would make a big loop and we'd end up back where we started. And he was right, we would have popped out right next to our car...if the bridge leading to the parking lot wasn't blocked off. We thought maybe there would be another bridge farther down so we kept along the path. Will carried me through the muddy parts since I was wearing the worst choice of footwear for the muddy trails.
|This is where the path kind of stopped...but we kept going.|
Turns out the path just kind of ends. There's an overgrown path that probably does connect with the other bridge farther down the river, but it was overgrown with thorny bushes and mud. Will carried me on his back for a little while before we gave up and turned around.
So remember those Humus Park signs we were following? We finally realized that it was for an outdoor art installation. It was a collaboration of artists from around the world using nature to create art along the riverbank. So cool! Turns out Humus Park was the name of the project and there are two locations altogether. We're tempted to find the other park to check out those pieces. There were some really awesome sculptures that we really enjoyed.
Pretty cool, right? Some of them we didn't notice until we saw the signs. I didn't notice the crown (toward the top of the post) until Will pointed it out. There are pictures of the building process on Facebook, it looks like a lot of work. Well worth it in my opinion.