like i mentioned in the last post, i’m obsessed with the color of the glacial streams/rivers. this is the partnach again.
this is thomas, proprietor of zum nachtwächter (the night watchman) in mittenwald. he made sure we had plenty to drink that night, and i developed a tiny crush while i drank grüner veltliner from austria.
the next day was a hangover day, so we took it easy and drove to linderhof palace, and i learned about king ludwig #2 (he was very misunderstood!).
here’s the view of linderhof from the other end.
that night we hiked in the buckelwiesen. the fog/low clouds were amazing. we heard a cuckoo that night.
hiking in leutasch, austria. again, the color! and not the partnach.
this day was probably the roughest, weather-wise: wind and rain. but the views…
on my last day in germany, we hiked up to schachen house. this was the point where we could finally see it.
see it now? there was snow at that elevation, and the hiking trail had been open only for a week due to heavy snow.
once at the schachen house, we were surrounded by fog/clouds, and could barely see garmisch in the valley below.
we explored a bit, and then it got chilly so we left pretty quickly. it’s a little embarrassing as you make your way down the mountain and you encounter german gentlemen of a very advanced age making their way up (minimum 3-4 hours one way), sans walking sticks and hiking gear (no water bottles!), wearing every day clothes, as if they were walking to the bakery down the block.
the ferchensee. i love this green lake. it’s amazing.
there were only 3 ducks on the entire lake. 2 of them, a pair mallards, came over to see if we had any treats to share (that’s not my foot).
my last dinner was at gastof stern in mittenwald: white asparagus and boiled potatoes smothered in hollandaise sauce (and beer). my fitbit said i walked 18.94 miles that day, so calories were not a concern.
it was a good trip. it was not as magical as the first trip to the region in 2012, but i’m glad i went. it’s time to explore other areas, and i likely won’t be back to bavaria any time soon. and for now, personal travel is on hold. summer arrived when i was away. i left our so-so spring and came back to temperatures in the 80′s, long sunny days, and green everywhere. it’s been amazing here and i don’t want to leave (and i don’t want it to end). winter was the worst on record (personally and literally), and our summer is 3 short months. and only 2 of those months are grad-school-free! so i’m staying put. i hope to resume travel when the days get short and cold.