The 9th of May was our first full day here, and the weather was promising for the hike we had in mind - dry but not too hot.
We left soon after breakfast, not without saying hello to the resident cat, a senior named Findus with few teeth left and only one good eye, but competely un-shy and very affectionate, always up for a stroke.
Walking up the gravel and dirt road directly behind the hotel lead us past beautiful meadows with a beck running through it and further on into the woods until we reached Schluchsee (the name of both the small town and the lake it borders). If I remember correctly, on our way there we met just one other person.
|I loved this old signpost. And look how the trees were still in bloom here!|
|Hummelhütte means bumblebee hut. It was locked, but well cared for, and we believe that it is open for drinks and snacks on weekends and in the summer holidays.|
|Sumpfdotterblume (Caltha palustris)|
Our aim was the viewing tower above Schluchsee, on the mount called Riesenbühl. We had our first glimpse of the tower here:
|Can you spot it on the ridge behind the town?|
|Viewing spot in Schluchsee|
Sometimes the path was comfortable like this...
...sometimes it was like this:
Finally, the tower!
Views from the top in all directions:
View from the top down through the staircase:
We chose a different route back via a village called Faulenfürst, hoping to stop at a café there for coffee and maybe a snack or piece of cake, but the village was like a ghost town - there was nobody about, and a sign advertising a café lead to nothing. We did not even find a bakery or other shop there, and so decided to move on and walk to Rothaus instead. This, however, will be my next post, as this one is already a bit on the long side.