So there was a WHOLE LOT of November just spent in the physical therapy clinic, but for Thanksgiving there would be no sittin' around at home. Nope, we went to Garmisch.....or at least close. 6+ hours in the car! But everyone behaved well, and to follow our delicious Thanksgiving lunch of turkey sandwiches, sweet potato puffs, craisins, pecans, punch and oatmeal cream pies, we were treated (thanks, Jed!) to a lovely Thanksgiving Feast of all the traditional fair: bratwurst, jagerschnitzel, spaetzle, truthahn, and pommes frites. Paula, I found your cup!
We arrived in Oberau (the town we actually stayed in, about 15 minutes from Garmisch) after dark, so it wasn't until morning that we realized we were camped right at the base of the Alps! (No, we didn't actually camp.) But even still, I didn't get a good view of the mountains until I jogged out of the fog of the town and continued my run along the most clear creek I've EVER seen. Sorry, my camera died before I could get a picture of the water or the cairn I built on the beach. But here are some mountains.
Later on we went to Füssen
|It's real pretty, sittin' up on that rock|
|Dallin and the castle as we trekked up to the bridge over the Multnomah Falls-esque waterfall, that affords a great view....|
|...WHICH IS THIS!|
The next day was MORE HIKING!! If you're from Oregon, or even if you're not but you've been to Oneonta Gorge, imagine if someone carved a trail in the wall of the canyon so you didn't have to wade in the water (....wade in the water, children...). Well, that's what they've done with Partnachklamm. It's over a kilometer of hand-carved trail, sometimes covered, sometimes not, and a few meters below is the torrent of crystal clear, bright blue, ice cold, fire hose-pressure ("You're a lucky little boy. You get to drink from the FIRE HOSE!") water. I think that's the coldest I've ever been. No, I didn't fall in, but that's the sort of hike I'd probably like better in the summer. Although, when it's snowy, they do hikes by torchlight. :) So, eventually you come to the end of the super narrow channel and the basin widens and you can keep hiking or turn back....we did both because Miles and Aaron were suddenly GONE. So, I ran all the way back to the beginning, probably terrifying people as I went, and found them out by the entrance, playing down by the creek......I wasn't so cold anymore! So here are some pictures:
|Gives you a good view of the gorge.|
|Gives you a good view of me and Sarah.....what I would look like with long hair, in case you met me after October 2010.|
|Gives you a good view of Aaron and Miles in the place they were caught (taken before they were caught).|
|Gives you a good view of how they felt after they got caught.|
Just one more thing to discuss. Dachau. The first concentration camp, it's about 10 km outside of Munich (oh, I forgot to say we went to Munich and listened to the glockenspiel and watched the figures dance in the Rathaus clock tower at Marienplatz. There, now you know. Also, we took a fun picture....
......)..back to Dachau. This was part of the trip I was really looking forward to, so I'm really glad we got to do it, and shout out to Jed for keeping the younger kids out by the car while Sarah, Dallin, Rachel and I wandered through the compound and sort of glossed over the immense amount of information about the lives of the prisoners at this camp. This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I am so grateful to have experiences like this, even though they can be awfully chilling, to see and remember what horrible things have been overcome in our not too distant past. This was not quite the same as visiting a Holocaust museum - I mean, there are plenty of posters, pictures, and artifacts - but walking through the building that was built by prisoners, seeing the fading German painted on the walls, running my fingers along the cold, rough wall as I passed windows, looking out on the huge gravel yard. As you walk through the gate below.........
So.....it was a great Thanksgiving! I'm thankful that I've been here, having this great experience and that I've been so well cared for all the while. Once in a lifetime stuff!