Monday, April 6, 2009

Hiking, Hiking, and More Hiking

By the title of my post it's obvious what we did this weekend. HIKING and lots of it!
And let me just tell you guys, Jon and I are still flat worn out!

First, on Friday night we met our new friends Sarah and Deaner at the Irish pub downtown. There was a live band playing some fun American Classic Rock and we all had a blast singing along and drinking some good Irish beer.

The band
Deaner, Jon, Me, and Sarah
We had such a fun night with these guys!

Saturday we met with our friends Tara, Ben and their dog Sampson and headed up to Johannisburg, about 15 minutes from Wiesbaden. We mapped out our hike for the day, which was a beautiful hike, through vineyards and then on to wooded area. After walking for about an hour, we stopped at a restaurant to grab lunch and continued on our walk. The weather was fantastic! I wore a long sleeved shirt and boy was that a mistake! It was HOT. Next time I will be more prepared. But it did cool down as we were walking and it turned out to be a beautiful day.

I forgot my camera, but luckily Tara had hers and took several great pictures of our day. I will post them in the next couple of days.

We finally made it back to the car just short of 10 miles. (9.63 to be exact.) I'm calling it a 10 miler because we walked up hill both ways! Thank goodness for Tara who once led a hiking group, she and Ben were able to read the maps perfectly and we never got lost. (well there were a few times we were wondering, but we made it back all in one piece.)

And thanks to my new Salomons, the 10 mile hike did not kill my feet.

Sunday Jon and I woke up early. We took our time waking up, ate a big breakfast and got ready for our trip to Konigstein. I mentioned this castle in an earlier post, and planned on taking pictures the last time we went, but left my camera on and it died before we made it!

This time I was more than prepared, having brought both of my cameras just in case. Once in Konigstein we hiked up the hill to the top where the castle was. Here are the pictures I took from our day trip to Falkenstein Castle.

The church at the bottom of the hill
Jon walking up the steep hill to the castle
The castle entrance
The castle wallA better view of the castleJon and meThe next several pictures are of the remaining castle wallsOutside of the castle walls
After taking over 130 pictures of the castle and having our picnic, (plus glass of wine), we thought hiking was in order. Here is a picture of the hiking trail.
Jon hiding in the roughage
The infamous "point and act like you see something exciting" picture.It was another beautiful day in Germany. We were so fortunate to have a rain-free, somewhat sunny weekend and of course we jumped on the opportunity to spend every minute that we could outdoors. It was a wonderful weekend and spending quality time with Jon was more than I could ask for.

We stopped at Burg Castle after leaving Konigstein. Sadly it was closed, but I was still able to take several pictures of the outter castle walls, which I will post tomorrow.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

If you'd like to see more of the picture from Falkenstein Castle, click here.

Have a great Monday everyone.............


New Girl on Post said...

Looks like such a fun weekend! I love hiking!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

What a pretty place!

The Purple Carrot said...

All that hiking sounds like so much fun!! : )

Unknown said...

Yay for a fun-filled weekend! :) You and your hubby are just too adorable together...and have so much fun together! Love the pics and cannot wait to see more from your hiking adventures!
Happy Monday!

Unknown said...

Oo-oo-oo! I love castles! I would have spent forever in that place just day dreaming about its history and what it would have been like to live there back in the day...Lol..Guess I haven't grew out of my pretty princess locked in a castle phase:p Sounds like it was a wonderful few days for you both and who doesn't love a beautiful hike!

Megan said...

It seems like you guys are having such a great time living overseas! Getting to do so many amazing things, like going to a castle! What a fun adventure! Love all the pictures, you two are adorable!

jlc said...

The more I read about your adventures ... and yes they truly are "adventures" ... the more I know my husband would enjoy your company!!

Hahah. He LOVESSSS to hike!! Wanna switch? I'll come to Germany this summer you go to Colorado with him? :D

e said...

beautiful pictures!

ps - i love your hiking shoes :)

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Ah! To be young and living in Europe, you lucky dogs!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

sounds and looks like an incredible weekend! your hikes sound much more adventurous than ours, ha! beautiful=)

Impulsive Addict said...

I bet you burned like 10,000 calories. I did not burn any this weekend. I'm such a loser.

Kelli said...

I want to go hiking! This makes me want to even more.. except we don't have awesome scenery like you get to see! I love all the pictures you post!

Lindsey said...

What a fabulous weekend! You look great!

Anniebanannie said...

Fun for you guys! I mean, how romantic can you get? A tour through a castle, hiking, a picnic with wine, living in Germany? I'm secretly jealous;)

d.a.r. said...

Oh my gosh, that all looks so fabulous!