In my previous post, I wrote: "Next week, OK and I will drive to the Bavarian Forest, a National Park on the border between Germany and the Czech Republic. We love walking and hiking, as you know, and neither of us has ever been in that region, so we shall explore it together. You can find out more about the National Park here on wikipedia."
We left Tuesday (the 4th of September) and returned on Thursday afternoon (the 13th), nine nights and 9 great breakfasts, 36 courses of excellent evening meals, an estimated 75 km* (46 or so miles) of hiking and several gallons of sweat later.
It was a great 1 1/2 weeks with perfect hiking weather most of the time. It was only raining when we arrived, and a little bit last week Friday. Actually, it was almost a little too warm (hence the gallons of sweat) during some of our hikes, especially when the sometimes very rocky paths led steeply uphill with no trees offering their welcome shade. But we made it to the three highest summits of the National Park plus a fourth mountain and the spring of a river I am sure you will all have heard about - more of that later.
Our hotel was an "all-organic" one, running their own organic farm which has been in the family for 600 years, and much of what ended up on our breakfast and dinner table came from that farm. The hotel's website (in English) is here, if you are interested.
Although the village of St. Oswald is rather small, we heard more road traffic than I do in my flat here close to town centre - our room was facing the main road through the village. It took us one or two days to get used to the place, but once things felt more familiar, we were quite happy there.
Soon, we developed a most pleasant pattern of how we spent our days: Superb breakfast (buffet style, with a wide choice of "everything") that would not even make you think about food for the rest of the day, then off on a hike until mid or late afternoon; coffees and cakes at the hotel if we were back before 4:00 pm; one or two relaxing hours in the hotel's own spa; dress for dinner, eat & drink; retreat to room for the night.
I am going to show you our tours chronologically. Let's start now with our arrival on Tuesday a week ago.
Not very impressive, is it? This is the view from our room as we saw it when we had just taken our luggage inside. As I said, it had been raining.
From our balcony, we could also see part of the spa area:
At 9:25 the next morning (Wednesday, the 5th of September), it looked even less hopeful for any good hiking that day:
But as is often the case, the day turned out to be beautiful after the morning mist had cleared. The pictures of our first gentle walk (not a proper hike, just a smallish tour to get our bodies used to something a bit more strenuous) are not yet on my computer; I will show them here as soon as I have transferred them (the ones in this post are from my old digital camera which finally came to use again after many months of inactivity).
Look at the beautiful mellow evening light around half six the same day:
There is more - much more - to come; brace yourself for tons of pictures of trees and paths and trees and forest views, and some more trees!
* Estimate based on the hiking tours in our little guide book