Lost in a dark forest: Flochová mountain

Steve Jobs, wearing his iconic black turtleneck sweater, is walking barefoot. Beside him, John Scully,
a director of PepsiCola, later one of seven Apple CEOs, is following in his footsteps. Steve Jobs held as
true that a walking meeting is more creative and inspiring.
Albert Einstein discovered the relativity theory while bicycling, Ludwig van Beethoven composed his
greatest symphonies after walking, and Charles Darwin had his „thinking road“ near his house.
On this morning, the hunter Flochbardt, a friend of German settlers who established the rich mining
towns of Central Slovakia, decided to take a walk in the forest. He did not come up with any
invention. But he gave his name to the mountains. The highest mountain of Kremnické vrchy
mountains is Flochová.
Let´s hike to one of the highest extinct volcanos in Slovakia. Let´s hike to Flochová mountain!
Let´s plunge through a dense mixed forest, more silent than medieval mining towns after the evening
bell has rung and deeper than the Mariana Trench.
Let´s walk near a burbling stream, from channel to channel, passing mossy stones, stepping over
fallen trees.
And with each single footstep, the forest becomes more and more dark. We will strain our eyes to
catch the hunter Flochbardt hiding behind a tree, or perhaps it´s a bear.
Or we will laugh with the forest nymph Bartoška and the elf Bartoška, dancing and lifelong sparring
partners for whom Flochová mountain transformed into a dance floor.
Or we will find ourselves on the red marked trail of SNP heroes to the Svrčinník mountain, the second
highest mountain of the Kremnické vrchy mountains, or on the road to the Čremošniansky tunnel,
the longest railway tunnel in Slovakia, or in front of the white Harmanecká jaskyňa cave.
The extinct stratovolcanos of Central Slovakia. Once they affected the climate all around the world.
From the mining towns of Central Slovakia they created the medieval Kuwait. Their copper protected
the exploring ships of Christopher Columbus.
A man looks upon Mount Fuji. He is wearing running shoes. He runs 10 km daily before writing. His
name, Haruki Murakami.
He could have a very good under the Flochová mountain. But then his book Norwegian wood would
get another name.