Weather Travails and Dead-End Canyons
Marie and Nil's progress through Bosnia and Herzegovina had been somewhat slowed by snow and cold on the Via Dinarica trail, so they were relieved to finally arrive in Sarajevo on April 5. They enjoyed the capital, describing it as a “fascinating city, where so many cultures and influences meet.”
After Sarajevo, they returned to the Via Dinarica and the rural Bosnian countryside. However, after a couple of days, the weather closed in. Fortunately, they found some hospitable locals who provided them with a place to stay. Soon they were back on the road and looking for a way to cross into Montenegro.
Their original plan had been to cross through the Sutjeska National Park before arriving in Montenegro near Lake Trnovacko. On route, they would take in Maglic Mountain, Bosnia and Herzegovina's highest point. The weather soon forced them to cancel these plans. Scouring a map they found another potential route through the Tara Canyon. With limited information, they set off and were rewarded with quite an adventure. The canyon was beautiful, with spectacular waterfalls and clear blue water. However, they soon found that the path they had seen on maps would not be passable, in fact, it didn't seem to exist. Forced to turn back they instead entered the Sušica Canyon and finally made it through to the Durmitor National Park in Montenegro.
They found their way to the village of Mala Crna Gora, aptly translated as “Little Montenegro.” Here they were greeted by more snow, but thankfully the village was not completely abandoned. Once again taken in by friendly locals, Marie and Nil settled in for their first night in Montenegro.