Dirty Harry’s Peak

When the snow starts falling in the lower part of the Cascades and avalanche danger rises uncomfortably high, there is always Dirty Harry’s for those who want to get out for a hike.… Continue reading

Westweg Day 11: Kendern – Basel

Last day of a trek is almost always bitter sweet. No matter if or how much your aching body wants to be done, no matter how much your brain tells you to celebrate… Continue reading

Westweg Day 10: Hut Kinney – Kendern

The rain came unexpected. I was glad we put the tent fly on. We did it out of concern for condensation which we got none of but it saved us from jumping up… Continue reading

Westweg Day 9: Hotel Am Bach, Hinterzanten – Hut Kinney

Summer is fading. The colors slowly started to turn. The change was most visible in the open meadows bellow Feldberg, the highest mountain in Germany North of the Alps where the grasses were… Continue reading

Westweg Day 8: Gasthaus Hirschen – Hotel Am Bach, Hinterzanten

From the first morning steps, we knew we would sweat. Even at 8:30 a.m. the air was already warm. And still. Windmills on a hill near the trail did not move an inch… Continue reading

Westweg Day 7: Büchereck – Gasthaus Hirschen

Day seven in the Black Forest. I think we are getting a feel of what hiking the Appalachian Trail might be like as the path leads mostly through wooded areas with an occasional… Continue reading

Westweg Day 6: Hark – Büchereck

I have never seen more mushrooms in my life. Boletes. Shaggy parousels. More boletes. Hundreds of boletes. Do Germans ever go mushrooming? Seriously. I though I died and went to mycological heaven. We… Continue reading

Westweg Day 5: Ruhestein – Hark

It was another day of pleasant walking, mix of forest and ridge lines with views. Similar scenery we saw during previews days on the trail but the terrain around us was now progressively… Continue reading

Westweg Day 3: Dobel – Wegscheid Hütte

The forest was fragrant today. As the moisture of yesterday’s rain evaporated, it lifted the scent of dump wood which mixed with the scent of freshly cut logs, piled neatly along the path… Continue reading

Westweg Day 4: Wegscheid Hut – Ruhestein

Today we walked several ridges. Not all of them had a view but every single one offered us a narrow path lined by blooming heather and it was like walking on a beautiful… Continue reading