Yesterday was a spectacular fall day. I think we hit around 72 degrees. I couldn’t stand looking out the window and not being in all of that beautiful golden light. So, I decided part of our homeschool day would be devoted to outdoor exploration, area familiarization, a bit of ecology, geography, and orienteering.
We had explored this same area a bit on Sunday with The Hubs. But it had been a rainy weekend, the path was very muddy, and the day had been overcast. Tuesday we went twice as far as we had on Sunday.
The walk begins in a parking lot next to a cemetery. It starts with a pretty steep hike up the side of the mountain, then comes out on the top of the mountain at the Hütte.
We also stopped for a picnic lunch at the Hütte. I had fun playing with the kids on the equipment (got really dizzy trying to take pictures of everyone on the merry-go-round) and just enjoyed the warm sun. The trees were so full of leaves, ready to drop, that the slightest wind sent a flurry of them falling. It made me feel a bit giddy being out in that (unless you were standing under an oak tree, then it was a matter of run and cover!).
After lunch we continued along the top of the mountain to the end of the Pfälzerwald-Verein area. We discovered the garden compost area and were rewarded with a fabulous view over the fields and across the valley.
The road was inviting, but I knew if I didn’t turn around soon, I’d end up probably carrying a very tired Charlie. So we back-tracked and once the trail started it’s decline, we allowed our feet to go and just ran down the mountain. The kids were surprised when they reached the bottom, they turned around only to discover that I was right behind them.
This is a great hike, a thigh burner, and I can’t wait to do it again!