We continued our yearly tradition of celebrating the new year with our dear friends Thorsten and Verena, but this year Elise discovered a torchlit forest hike to an Alsatian castle ruin where we toasted the arrival of midnight with champagne around a bonfire. Happy 2018!
We had been wanting to meet up with our friends Thorsten and Verena for a while and as luck would have it, Verena chose a hiking route on Kaiserstuhl, one of our favorite regions in Germany on the edge of the Black Forest, where we enjoyed the most beautiful, golden autumn afternoon.
Every year the company organizes a volunteer team to do some kind of clean-up or maintenance work for the community and this year we found ourselves in a nature preserve north of Basel, which is part of the city’s water works and as a bonus, we were given a fascinating tour of the massive operations.
The Kaltbrunnental is an eight (or so) kilometer-long, narrow karst valley full of waterfalls, springs, caves, and the icy cold Ibach river. I have driven through or past it many times, so when I finally decided to explore it on foot this weekend, it was only fitting that the car was left behind.
I’ve always had fun with language. I am not sure when it started, but it has only recently occurred to me just how much this appreciation of the written and spoken word has served me in life.
Though we have not forgotten how much fun it can be to host friends and family, it was still surprising just how much joy we get in playing tour guide as it was with my cousin Jeanene and her husband Deavron traveling around Switzerland, Germany, and France.