Aaaah, a relaxing weekend. One of my favorite activities to do in the summer is to go camping. There is something about getting away from the hustle and bustle, noise and city buildings that is so calming and rejuvenating for me. While I have always been a “city” girl growing up in Omaha, the country has always had a special calling for me (I actually have considered wanting to move into the country, have chickens and horses, etc. However, I think I would miss my Scooters and Walmarts too much).
Andy has worked all but one day since I have gotten here (that is a total of 17 days straight, poor guy!) because of the training exercise that is being implemented on post. Therefore, it was quite reasonable that he requested a relaxing weekend of camping. After hours of looking online for great German lakeside camping grounds, we decided on Lake Koenigsee. The pristine lake is nestled into the Alps and you can literally wave to our Austrian neighbors across the river. Supposedly, this is the place to be for Germans on holiday.
After two weeks straight of beautiful weather, we were itching to be hiking in the outdoors. To give you some background, it has been a very cool summer here. Not only have the brisk 50 degree mornings been a shock to my Nebraska summer system, it rains almost everyday. Therefore, this “heatwave” felt great to me and I couldn’t wait to get out and enjoy it!
While Andy was at work, I planned the weekend; plenty of hikes, laying out on the sandy beach of the lake, going to Hitler’s Eagles Nest and grilling hot dogs. Sounds perfectly relaxing, right??
Saturday morning we woke up to a bone chilling breeze coming in the window. I grimaced as I looked outside to see gray and water. Go figure. Andy, the naturally more optimistic of the two of us, told me, “ Oh, it’s Germany, it will stop raining in a few hours!” I was not so sure about this and was not really ready to get my one and only (new) pair of sneakers muddy, but oh well.
Surprisingly, I stayed awake the entire trip down (I am like a baby that falls asleep immediately in any car ride). The dreary looking day didn’t do the countryside justice, but was still enjoyable. As we got further south, the farm fields gave way to cow pastures and the rolling hills grew into steep mountainsides. Some pastures were literally a backyard with two or three cows that looked like they were ready to take one step onto the road.
The clouds took the cue of us pulling into the town that skirted the campground. It was now raining harder than it was for the last three hours. As we tried to find the turn into the campground, Andy murmured in defeat, “I don’t think it is going to stop raining. Maybe we should just go to Stuttgart.
SIDE BAR: Stuttgart was my top pick for the weekend getaway. Here, we would find a Winefest and drink German wine all day (what is not to like about that!?) Also note that Stuttgart would be another three hours from Koenigsee.
I said, “Hey, when in Germany!” I was really up for anything and quite frankly, driving another three hours would still be better than sleeping in a soggy tent and sloshing through mud puddles on a cold and damp hike.
However, as the man of the car, Andy decided that since we were only 30 minutes from Salzburg and that it would be a waste to not go to the Augustiner (a brewery run by monks that we discovered on last year’s trip that has awesome food and beer). So, essentially, we drove a total of six hours all for a liter of beer and some sauerkraut and dumplings. I guess in that sense the weekend wasn’t a total failure?
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