Everything went well and still… at the end I did not feel like having ice cream or cake.
After the rainy hike in the forest last week I thought a hike in the sun would be nice. Therefore, I had prepared a hike for September 5 through the vineyards, then into the Palatinate Forest, and back to Bad Dürkheim again through the vineyards. Too bad that this day it was almost a bit too hot for hiking in the vineyards.
When I noticed the temperature in the morning, I decided to switch the direction of the hike. That meant a longer part in the vineyards in the beginning and less open country at the end. It was such a contrast to the week before. For the hike to the Ottilienberg I had gladly worn worn my long-sleeved merino wool top during our breaks. During the whole hike I felt barely hungry, just the need to stay hydrated. The ascent up to the Michaelskapelle, then further to the Heidenlöcher, combined with the high temperature took its toll.
Luckily, by switching the direction of the hike we had a nice stop towards the end at Wachtenburg castle, and the 10 of us enjoyed a cold drink before heading back to Bad Dürkheim. Because we were a little late for our tram back, half of the group got some ice-cream and the other half bought cake to go. I just was exhausted.
Rain, rain, and more rain. No only in the forecast, but all through the night and in the morning, too. At least it was not a heavy downpour, but still… I was doubtful if the other eight group members would show up for the hike. After all, “Will Hike for Cake” does not sound like a group for survival training. I was so doubtful that I even downloaded a few caches in the morning. At least I would be occupied on the trail in case everyone was going to be a no-show.
I need not have worried. On the train we were already three people, a fourth one got on mid-way. At the train station in Eppingen, the remaining five hikers were already waiting.
Throughout the hike, not a single complaint. Instead, we laughed a lot and even the first-timers were not shy and cracked a lot of jokes.
And although I had feared for our coffee and cake after, we got a place outside, sheltered by sunshades that also kept off the rain. Furthermore, we were rewarded with gigantic pieces of cake.
If today’s hike looks a bit familiar: I love the area around the “Steinerner Gaul” and especially the view when leaving the forest close before reaching the Waldnerturm viewtower.
Therefore, I took part a previous hike and chose a different starting point. Overall, there were beautiful views as well as cow and horse pastures. Reviewing my own hike already while we were hiking, the part of asphalted trails was too high for me and my feet started complaining around half-way. I prefer narrow paths, ideally those that even cushion the impact a bit.
Nobody felt like cake today, so all us us had ice cream instead 🙂
The intention of this hike was to be in the forest on a hot August day. However, (not only) today was quite a cool day when six of us explored the Rosenthal monastery ruins and then hiked through the forest.
During our lunch break there were two rainshowers. Still, we made it back to our cars and the coffee and cake stop. Luckily our timing had been good, so we paid when the sky got darker.
Driving home was a different story, though. Heavy rain, hailstones on the roads and then also from above, thunderstorms. Well, at least we had not been outdoors at that time anymore.
Today we hiked through the nature reserve called wolf’s gorge close to Zwingenberg, then continued to the devil’s pulpit. We had a look where the red crocodile of Eberbach had been found and ended our hike in Eberbach, not without stopping at a cafe for some cake. My piece of cake is the cheesecake with apricots.
Luckily for us the weather was much better than anticipated. We made it without a single drop of rain and – even more important – did not have any thunderstorms!
Close to Bad Dürkheim there are three hunting logdes with unusual names: Murrmirnichtviel (translates as “Don’t grumble much at me”), Kehrdichannichts (“Turn back for nothing”), and Schaudichnichtum (“Don’t look around”). We skipped the last one, as the hike would have been to long and there is not much to see. At the ruins of castle Hardenburg we stopped for coffee, cake, and ice cream (no more test needed outdoors due to the low incidence rate) and sat on beer benches under old trees. Today’s cake: apple crumble.
It feels very much like a déjà vu as we had experienced a similar situation last year in June…
Today we could finally hike again as a group because Rhineland-Palatinate allows group sports at a distance for up to 10 people. Five courageous hikers ventured along the Druslach-Bacherlebnisweg. The trail starts in Lingenfeld and follows the old Rhine river for a while and then goes along the Druslach creek.
We enjoyed the soft, narrow forest paths, some historic sights and viewpoints along the way. At the Lustadt fishing lake we had our lunch break. I had brought two halves of nut triangles that I had saved for today. After our break we turned back to Lingenfeld via Westheim(Pfalz). We could have bought some ice cream to go in Lingenfeld, but noone felt any cravings.
It was wonderful to meet new people and see familiar faces and to listen to new stories while enjoying nature and the perfect weather!
Today was an unusually warm day with about 18°C. The dark season is just around the corner with greyish days and muted colors. Therefore, it was a perfect opportunity to soak up some sun and to enjoy the fall colors all around us.
We even hiked two summits (Kanzelberg, Hohe Waid) and visited the site where a plane crashed in 1973. To be honest, the summits were well below the 500 m mark above sea level, but it sounds impressive, doesn’t it?
We encountered many bikers, hikers, and a big group of people on horseback. It seems that a lot of people felt the need to be outdoors and get some fresh air and sun.
Best of all, at the end of the hile we easily got a table on the terrace of our favorite café in Leutershausen. Today I ate punch-soaked cake (“Punschtorte”).
Weidenthal is almost unknown for hiking. In the many hiking guide books I have read, the area was never mentioned. Therefore I thought it might be a good location for a Sunday in the Palatinate. Shortly after posting the hike I added 2 km to the hike. Thus we would be able to visit some of the wells along the Esthaler Brunnenwanderweg. I had hiked that trail a few years back and part of the trail was extremely scenic.
When we got off the S-Bahn, only one other small group of hikers got off with us. Just one stop ahead in Lambrecht, big groups had vacated the S-Bahn and headed towards the forest.
Where we hiked we had the forest almost to ourselves. Once in a while at intersections we met other hikers or bikers, but most of the time we only heard the sounds of the forest and our own voices.
Part of our trails belonged to the “Pfälzer Hüttensteig”. There are lots of catered huts in the Palatinate Forest but I had already know that there would not be any hut on our planned trail. Luckily I had brought a few slices of homemade banana bread as a treat. But once again I ate the cake before taking a photo and therefore re-enacted the situation back home.
Despite proper planning of our hike, it seems that the underlying map of Fürth in the Odenwald was not up-to-date in two places. As a consequence, what was supposed to be a path out of Fürth into the Forest ended at an enclosed pasture. A little later we took a trail made by a harvester and had to hike a bit off-trail again, but that was probably my mistake. Last but not least a grassy path that I had chosen was so overgrown that I decided on the spot to take a different trail. Usually I prefer taking narrow paths instead of multi-purpose forest trails, but that might have been a bit too adventurous.
We hardly met any other people, despite Sunday being the nicest day of the whole week. There was only one busier part of the trail along a ridge, where we had some pretty views. We were lucky to secure a spot for our lunch break and enjoy the sun for a while. Later the sun hid behind clouds and we started walking again as to not get too cold.
Back in Fürth, we made a small detour to a café. Unfortunately, the terrace is adjacent to the buy through road with a lot of noise and pollution. Luckily, I had cancelled our reservation two days prior because the weather forecast had not been that great. Therefore, we just got some cake to go and returned to the train station. I had a truffle cake that tasted great but was very rich. It rarely happens, but I would have been happier with 2/3 of the piece.
Back home, I edited the OSM data to save other hikers from having the same experience. Hopefully the new map data will be available in a couple of days.
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