Usually, I do not count how many walks or hikes I undertake in one year, but I can safely say that on January 2, we went on our first hike of the year.
On New Year's Day, O.K. had driven us back to his place. His parents had invited the family for their traditional New Year's meal of Badische Schäufele and spuds salad, so we knew our dinner was sorted!
The next day was dry and cold, with misty clouds resting firmly in the lower parts of the area. We knew it had to be sunny higher up, and so we took a short drive to the starting point of a hike in the Black Forest, in an area where we'd last been 3 1/2 years ago. You can compare what the same places looked like in the summer if you click here to see my post from 2016.
Many people did not start work until the 7th this year, and so we weren't surprised to see many others walking or cycling the same path. Still, it wasn't too much, and we enjoyed the hike very much - especially once we had reached the tower. I am not very good with long stretches of uphill, and the first 5 km or so of our hike were nothing else - not steep, but seemingly endless, and I had to catch my breath a few times, with the excuse of stopping to take a photo.
Moosturm. You can read more about the place here on wikipedia.
Views from the tower:
It was very windy up there, so we didn't last long.
walked the short distance to Lothar monument. Lothar was a storm
(sometimes even classified as a hurricane) that swept across our part of
Germany on Boxing Day of 1999. Now, 20 years later, you can still see
traces of the damage it did.
The monument commemorates what was a
life-changing event for many people in that area, and has changed the
forest in its wake forever. Some say, for the better, because what used
to be a strict monoculture of firs has grown to a more varied woodland,
which is much healthier than any monoculture.
As you can see, the views were a beautiful combination of land- and sky-scape.
This was close to sunset, almost back at the car:
It was a wonderful start of another year of (hopefully) many more hikes and walks for us.