What do you do when your family does not want to go for longer hikes? Yes, plan and organise short hikes. In late autumn, we went for two colourful short hikes near Bad Staffelstein.
The last week of this year’s autumn school holidays offered a great opportunity: our kids wanted to stay alone at my parents’ place. This may sound “normal” to lots of folks, for us it isn’t. My parents live something like 550km away.
Less than an hour’s drive from my parents place is Bad Staffelstein, a cute little town in Franconia. The “Bad” in the city name means quite the opposite from the English “bad”, it stands for “spa town”. So, hotel booked, kids taken care of, and off we went.
It is my own fault so I won’t complain. 13 breweries in one day sounds like a lot, same as the 33 km hiking distance. Add starting late, getting lost and darkness coming early, and you will get a rush instead of a hike.
Maybe the two days prior to my 13 breweries trail experience had been too relaxing. A magnificent breakfast I finished way too late, and hence my hiking start was an hour behind schedule. Bad news right at the beginning. Why bad news? I knew the end of the trail would lead me through some woods, darkness I expected to creep in by 18:00h latest. And I certainly had no intention of having a candlelight rendezvous with a hungry family of wild boars, numerous as they are in Franconia.
My favourite trail. Small, not overly exciting, no big tourist attraction. To get there, all I need is a six minutes walk from home. A brief post about the beauty of simple things in life.
Little islands of sunshine – everybody needs them for a brief escape. A rich and tasteful espresso, a secretely devoured bar of chocolate. Maybe two hours of sailing, AC/DC’s Thunderstruck on maximum volume, the list could go on forever. One of my little islands is a small, short trail near my house. This has become my favourite trail, despite – or maybe because – of its simplicity. Beautiful new life in spring, lush green in summer, the magic of colourful leaves in autumn, peaceful quiet and no soul in sight in winter. Continue reading “Favourite Trail Near Home”
One day, all alone. During some time off from family duties while camping near Lake Constance, I took the chance and tackled a hiking tour round the Gehrenberg. It had been classified as difficult, required advanced fitness levels to complete the 468 metres difference in altitude on a 14,6 km circuit. So – what was it like?
The name of that one day tour round the Gehrenberg, “Guck ins Land”, translates to something like “peek into land”. There are, in fact, some view points where not only the remaining German territory towards Lake Constance can be seen but also glimpses of Switzerland and Austria. One brief tour, three countries. Or, if you were to believe Bavarian folks with their understanding of Bavarian independence, four countries. Continue reading “Rounding Mount Gehrenberg On Tour “GuckinsLand””
Lots of water, trees and plants, no human soul in sight, wild animals everywhere, sun blazing. And all that in addition to paddling around in an inflatable canoe. A trip right in the middle of – yes, Germany.
The one question I usually get asked no matter what the weather, route, food or anything else was like: Why an inflatable canoe? Well, it is not a child’s toy, not a swimming pool version of a canoe. My Grabner Adventure is an extremely safe, stable and reliable canoe, also suited for white-water rafting. It is very solidly made and does indeed survive close contact with underwater trees or stones. Continue reading “Ten Lakes Canoe Tour”
Sometimes, unplanned stuff is pretty good. This is not something I have just learned today.
However, this morning, just before leaving for dropping off the little one at her kindergarten an idea crossed my mind. After waving her Good Bye I would go directly to the library. The time until it opens I could spend having a wake-up morning walk.
Millions of people could, only a small percentage manages to do it. It is indeed rather easy to spend an afternoon in the forest. Also for me?
Am still struggling with my breakfast, had too much coffee, or not enough tea, my feet are cold, need to do the washing up, and what about lunch? Wasn’t it supposed to be raining this afternoon? Quite a lot of things (excuses, namely) can stop me from a wonderful time in the forest. Looking at it more honestly, there is only one major hurdle to be taken: the doorstep. Continue reading “Sunny Afternoon In The Forest”