Natural Wonders

From raging waterfalls and Europe’s longest glacier to pristine national parks and protected biosphere reserves

Eichsfeld-Hainich-Werratal Nature Park

We're on a roll!  In one weekend, we visited a castle and two national parks in Germany.  After hiking on Sunday at Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, we spent the better part of my birthday exploring Wartburg Castle before heading north toward Hainich National...

Kellerwald-Edersee National Park

Regardless of where we happen to be living or what the weather may be like, June always marks the beginning of summer in my mind.  That means the start of a season filled with hiking, camping, kayaking, and the outdoors in any form we can find it.  As we enter...

Harz National Park

It's feasible to drive across the entire country of Germany, north to south, tip to tip, in less than 11 hours.  Living in Europe, we constantly see the pervasive impact of humans on the environment; at times it seems impossible to escape.  Yet this country of...

Exploring Harz’s Tree Top Trail

Now is the time of year when it's starting to feel like winter has perhaps overstayed its welcome and needs to make a decision.  It's high time for it to bow out gracefully for summer's arrival so we can start exploring some of Germany's waterways by kayak.  E...

Aletsch Glacier Hike

Since the day we arrived in Switzerland, I've been anxious to visit Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps.  If you've seen photos of it or visited it, you'll know it's spectacular, but we'd been holding off on visiting.  We wanted to visit during th...

Schwarzsee to Brecca Gorge Hike

Some of you might have read a post awhile back about my trip to Pruszowice, Poland with a couple of friends, R & D.  We all stayed at D's family home in Pruszowice with her mom and sisters, and I spent an amazing day in D's mom's pottery studio (Urszula Bu...