Winter Carnival is in full swing. The dinosaurs are on display, the maze has some new twists, and the miniature arctic golf challenge was a “beast”.
On the second hole, Dave tried to circumvent the tube that the ball needed to go through to get to the other side of the course. Whacking the ball with some force, Dave caused the ball to go flying over the hill and outside the course, landing in a pile of deep powdered snow. Just to make it interesting his ball was WHITE.
Jill came to the rescue after all of us looked and looked. She managed to find the ball and get Dave back on the course.
We climbed a “volcano” made of ice and walked on Lake Flower. Good times at Winter Carnival.
Our German trip started with us landing in Frankfurt where we rented a car to start our journey. The first few days were spent in the quaint town of Bacharach. The town became quiet shortly after dinner when all the day tourists went home for the day. This gave us time to wander the town and explore the cobble streets. We hiked up to the ruins of a castle that in it’s heyday was perched on the hill overlooking the Rhine.
As we journeyed through Germany we saw a castle still owned by the same family. Saw the original castle that Walt Disney modeled Sleeping Beauty’s Castle after then a few days later it was followed by a trip to the Frankenstein Castle. We traveled to the highest point in Germany, Zugspitze, and went to an island in the middle of Lake Konstanz. The Isle of Mainau was filled with plants and trees from all over the world. The Isle was an amazing outdoor arboretum that allowed guest to walk through a variety of plants from the largest of trees, Dawn Redwoods, to the smallest of herbs.
No trip to Germany could be complete without remembering the many who lost their lives during WW ll in concentration camps. A trip to Dachau and Eagles Nest was a visit back to a time that should never be forgotten. As we left we stopped at the Catholic Memorial at Dachau and said a prayer for all those who have lost their lives then and now.
It was an enjoyable First Night in Saranac Lake. We saw a contortionist from Australia and many local bands. Great night to walk around the village and start the new year. The New Year’s Day started with a whimper instead of a big bang, no exploding frozen pipes. Better start of the year.
The journey is in the planning stages: Around the world in 10 months, New York to Utah, Utah to California, California to New Zealand, side trip to American Samoa, New Zealand to Australia, is how the journey will begin. Looking forward to some highlights. Developing our packing lists, testing luggage, and visiting physicians for immunizations. The journey to plan might take longer than the actual trip.