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No cake today… (for me)

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.

Spaghetti ice cream with Amarena cherries

Wet start but great finish in Deidesheim

“Will the hike take place tomorrow?” a Whatsapp message asked me on Saturday morning. I quickly replied “Yes, the weather forecast looks good, what does your app say?” and attached screenshots of two weather apps for Deidesheim. Both predicted no rain and temperatures above 25°C. Less than a minute later I received a screenshot, too. 27°C, mostly sunny, and definitely no rain.

So, off our group went as planned to Deidesheim yesterday. We walked through the town with its well-tended houses and the pretty city hall, hiked through vineyards and reached the forest. All the time we chatted along because some of us had not seen each other for several months. Soon however Mother Nature showed us that weather forecast and reality are two different things. A heavy rain shower came down and we unpacked umbrellas, rain jackets, and rain covers for our backpacks.

Luckily, we were just a minute away from the Deidesheimer Hütte. The hut, where you can usually buy food and drinks, is currently closed for renovations. I had been aware of that situation and chose the area on purpose, hoping we would run into fewer people on the trails. We searched for some shelter and waited for the rain to stop, started eating some of our food for lunch, waited some more, and waited…

After maybe 20 minutes the sky finally cleared up and we continued our hike on narrow paths up to a shelter “Am Weißenstich” where we had our official lunch break. The temperature was much cooler and we soon resumed our hike before we got too cold. A few hundred meters we got into another rain shower, but only a short one.

Soon we reached the Eckkopf view tower, climbed the steps and enjoyed the 360° view from the top. In some areas we could still see dark patches of rain.

Then we started our descent. The temperature started to rise and we had a nice break at a small lake called “Basaltsee”. Finally, we reached the edge of the forest and took another short break at the “Michaelskapelle”, a small chapel with a panoramic view. Then we hiked the remaining kilometers through vineyards and back to Deidesheim. None of us was in a hurry to go home and when one of us discovered an ice cream parlor, we quickly decided to stay and take a later train. I bought a yummy spaghetti ice cream with Amarena cherries. We sat down at the famous Geißbockbrunnen (translates as billy goat fountain) and enjoyed the finish of our hike.