Up, up we go!

I believe I have fixed the map links so you can see where we hiked.

Saturday was a holiday here in German, the Tag der deutschen Einheit – German Unity Day. Because of the holiday, all businesses were closed. Luckily the weather has been perfect for hiking. Yesterday we did a little hike around the town of Ramsau.

This hike had some smaller hills, but mostly we walked through rolling pastures and along a farm path for much of the way. We saw lots of cows and also went past the small farming community of Hub and past a little chapel on a hill, called the Antoniuskapelle. I would have liked to see the little chapel but we weren’t sure how to get to it.

Today, we did a more mountainous trek:

View Hike 4 Oct 09 in a larger map.

Here’s the view of the terrain; it looks like we climbed up approximately 200 meters, or 650 feet in altitude.

View Hike 4 Oct 09 in a larger map.

We certainly felt it as we climbed up and up into the foothills, just south of our house. The trail we hiked went along a stream bed. The stream is called the Loisach, I believe, but I’m not positive about that. I will need to look on the local map to see if the stream we followed is listed.

Here is a short video of our hike, featuring the do-do-do song by Rosebud:

and also some photographs. The photos I took with our video camera, so they aren’t the best quality, but it gives you an idea of the terrain.

Mushroom, about eight inches in diameter

Mushroom, about eight inches in diameter

Happy hikers!

Happy hikers!

Wir gehen wandern!  I'm wearing my 2008-2009 HSE Deutschklub sweatshirt.

Wir gehen wandern! I'm wearing my 2008-2009 HSE Deutschklub sweatshirt.

David

David

small waterfall

small waterfall

Mama and Rosebud sitting by another waterfall

Mama and Rosebud sitting by another waterfall

David by the waterfall

David by the waterfall

side view of the waterfall

side view of the waterfall

grassy bank by the stream

grassy bank by the stream

path toward Bichl

path toward Bichl

Toward the end of our hike (after about an hour and a half of climbing up), we came upon this massive pile of root vegetables. It was kind of weird, that there was this huge pile all the way up the mountain. Who put them there, and why?

giant mutant Bavarian root vegetables!

giant mutant Bavarian root vegetables!

By this time, it was getting darker and cooler, and we were hungry! We decided to turn around and go down the Zwieselhangweg. This brought us back to the main road going through our town, and eventually close to our local Biergarten, the Bierhäusel Haus. This Biergarten is currently run by a Hungarian family. Not only do they serve delicious German food, but also very tasty Hungarian specialties. David tried the Hungarian Gulaschsuppe (Goulash soup) and also ordered a platter of spicy salami slices, with fresh tomato, bell pepper and onion slices, and bread. I order the classic pork Wienerschnitzel. Traditionally, it’s made with a veal cutlet, but it is more common to find it with a pork cutlet as it’s less expensive. I had a salad and Bratkartoffel (pan-fried potatoes) with my Schnitzel. Rosebud was enthusiastic about helping me eat my dinner. And, of course, we each had a cold, refreshing glass of Tegernsee beer to accompany our meal.

It was a fantastic weekend. I do love living here, because it almost feels like I’m living in a National park. How many other places in the world would you have at least a dozen different hikes right from your doorstep, on the rim of the Alps? I am eager for when our family and friends come visit, so we can share the bounty of the natural region with them.

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3 responses to “Up, up we go!

  1. What a fun hike! Great video too (I loved the do-do-do song!) Its true it must be like living in a national park…we can’t wait to come and hike and do some sight seeing with you. Who know, maybe it’ll be sooner than later! 🙂
    Miss you all!

  2. Matthew Spencer

    I’m curious about those root vegetables. Any clue about what they are?

    • bowmansinbavaria

      I wish I knew. We were very intrigued by those root vegetables. What are they and why are they there, halfway up the mountain?

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