This year's 2nd hike had the same destination as the 1st one in 2020 - the Moosturm, or "moss tower", a viewing tower on top of a Black Forest mountain called Moos. Maybe you remember having seen this tower before on my blog, and you are right; it has featured a few times, for instance here.
Unlike our usual circuit when we hike to the Moos, we came from a different direction, as suggested in a booklet I keep in my bedside cabinet at O.K.'s. That booklet has already provided us with several good ideas for hikes and walks, and there's still plenty we have not "done" yet.
The starting point was about half an hour's drive from the village, on a parking lot for hikers and walkers called Moosbach (moss beck).
|Skeleton of a dead fir|
The ascent from there felt gentler and different from our usual one, and took us past the Lothar memorial (more about that in the same post linked to above). We stopped there for the view before walking the short distance to the Moosturm, and then climbed the tower.
It was so windy up there that we did not stay - I really just poked my head out of the staircase, took one single picture and went back down again.
|The only picture I took from the top of the tower.|
After we had our packed lunch on a stone bench a little further down the hill from the tower in order to escape the worst of the wind, we walked on as the tour from the booklet suggested.
Next stop was the Kornebene, a guest house run by the Friends of Nature, a Germany-wide association. Had it been open, we might have bought coffee there, but everything was shut - probably as much due to the pandemic as to it still being only the 3rd of January and many of the volunteers being on holiday.
A surprise awaited us near the end of the 10.1 km circuit: This B&B run by two Englishmen (or by a half German-half English couple, we're not sure) advertises and sells David Austin roses, very popular in the UK! How this connection with a relatively remote Black Forest place came about is a mystery to me. Even now in winter, the place looked nice and well cared for; in spring and summer, the garden must be gorgeous.
Like with our first hike of the year, we were home in time for coffee and cake, and spent the evening resting, reading, having a delicious meal of pasta and wine and watching a (new to us) episode of Midsomer Murders.