Thursday June 30
We started our day with some serious rain. Last night's lightning and thunder was impressive. The cows seen from our balcony seemed unfazed. (The cows really wear bells here!)
It was nice having a lazy morning enjoying breakfast at home. The girls especially needed some downtime.
We have encountered quite a bit of road construction but have never seen a road flagger. They always have portable stoplights. Seems like a good idea.
We saw cheese being made in Ettal...
and then ate some.
The monastery in Ettal was beautiful despite the weather.
We took a chance and continued on to the town of Mittenwald. Our plan was to take a hike along a gorge that was haunted by a friendly ghost. Luckily, the weather cleared up and we enjoyed a pretty drive by the tallest mountains in Germany. The walk along the gorge was completed in 2005 and cost 1.4 million Euros. They had to use helicopters to lower in the bridges across the gorge. As usual, the walk ended up being longer than expected - around 4 kilometers. We especially enjoyed the sections that clung to the side of the gorge!
At one point on the hike, we could be in Germany and Austria simultaneously! DH has a foot in each country.
Here is the ghost that lurked in the gorge. Poor DD#2 was freaked out for the rest of the hike after seeing this!
There were interesting things for kids all along the trail.
After the hike, we drove to a grocery store and bought snacks and dinner. I love spending time in grocery stores exploring all the unfamiliar products! I could easily spend a couple of hours perusing the aisles. Strange, I know. We made it home and relaxed. I'm already eager for our last day in Bavaria tomorrow! Luge, Linderhof, Reutte are on the itinerary. Stay tuned.
Quick question of the day. We saw little wooden huts all over the countryside. What are these for? Storing hay? Email me if you know!