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Garmisch, Germany Day 3

Sunday morning we had classes again, but we finished around 11 so that those who were heading back to Italy could check out of their rooms.  We were lucky, Doug had taken some leave and we were able to stay an extra night.  We asked at the desk where we should go and Partnach Gorge (or Partnachklamm in German) was highly recommended (and low cost as well!).  The base of the hike (and several other hikes) is near the 1936 Olympic Ski Jump site, so we stopped in the arena and took a few pictures.

Olympic Ski Jump in Garmisch, Germany

Olympic Ski Jump in Garmisch, Germany

                         
After exploring the stadium, we headed out the other side toward the hiking area.  We opted to walk up to the entrance to the gorge instead of taking one of the horse drawn carriages.  The kids complained a lot about being hot, I think they have forgotten how hot it was in Texas!  It was quite a walk up the hill though.  We passed lots of little snack shops and souvenir stands before we got to the entrance to the gorge itself.  Some of us didn’t last as long as others and needed some assistance.
Doug carrying Alyssa up to the gorge entrance

Doug carrying Alyssa up to the gorge entrance

We saw some horses in pastures, and some little waterfalls along the way.  We followed the river that formed the gorge.  The hike up there was about 20 minutes or so.
Checking out the river

Checking out the river

little bitty waterfall

little bitty waterfall

The hike up the actual gorge is really cool.  Mostly because there is water dripping on you at any given time (there are warnings to watch for falling icecicles in the winter) and there isn’t much sun!  The gorge is really narrow, so much of the trail is actually drilled through the mountain.  Short distances though, which is good because we didn’t have a flashlight!
Doug and kids in the gorge

Doug and kids in the gorge

In one of the small tunnels

In one of the small tunnels

When we finally got to the other side, it opened up into a beautiful area with lots of rocky beaches and the river lazily running through.  From here you could either turn around and go back or you could head out on another hike.  The options were almost endless.
Me and the kids on the other side of the gorge

Me and the kids on the other side of the gorge

We opted to turn around and hike out the way we came in.  We stopped for beer and eis (ice cream) on the way down.
Beer!

Beer!

Then we caved and took the horse carriage back to the bottom (well, it didn’t take much to convince me to take the carriage of course!).
horse carriage

horse carriage

 

This is post is getting long, so I will write about the rest of our Sunday adventures in another post. 
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Garmisch Germany, Day 2

We were in PREP marriage classes most of the day Saturday, so nothing really interesting to report here, other than now we have some new tricks and tools to make sure we keep each other happy!

We were off for the evening but by the time we were done and ate dinner we didn’t really have time to go out, and we had to be back early in the morning for our next class so we just all went swimming.  Then we got ready for bed!

 

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Brandon is 9!

9 years ago today I was laboring and swearing I was not going to do this again!  Fast forward to today and, well, we have a 9 year old kid.  Halfway to being out on his own.  We hope anyway!

We started the morning with biscuits and gravy, one of his favorite breakfasts.  Then he opened his presents.  He got an erector-set type building kit to make a tractor and a Ratchet and Clank video game.  The problem with being overseas is the toy selection base sucks, the toys off base are too expensive, and shipping takes at least a week, meaning one must know in advance what one wishes to order in order to have it arrive in time.  Needless to say, his “main” gift will be arriving in a week.  He’s also waiting on gifts from family and friends, so his birthday may last and entire month!  I have not been able to schedule his party yet either, mostly because I don’t want to do it a the house.

Anyway.  He spent most of the day playing the PS2.  Not my preferred way for him to spend the day, but it was a new game after all.  We went to Aviano Inn for dinner where we all had pizza, even Zach.  They have a gluten-free pizza there that he can have!  We stopped and picked up some gelato in Cordignano and then went home where we had cake.  And gelato.

I can’t say 9 is very different from 8 so far.  Which is ok.  As much as I look forward to the day when they all move out, I know I will miss them all tremendously and wish they were back home. 

Happy Birthday Brandon!  Mommy loves you.

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Scouts-Tool Box Building

Brandon’s den meeting tonight finished up Bear Acheivement 20 which was working with tools and wood.  They put together their tool boxes and got to use a saw (eek!) and a hammer.  Brandon was very proud of his work.  Their den leader even gave each boy a saw, hammer, a flat head screwdriver, a phillips head screwdriver, and a hand drill.  They were all just tickled.

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Scouts-Flag Etiquette

Zach had a den meeting tonight.  We worked on flag etiquette and learned how to properly display a U.S. flag in various situations, how to raise and lower the flag properly, and how to fold a flag.  The boys got some hands on experience with folding the flag. 

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Cub Scout Pack meeting

We had our Pack meeting out at what is referred to as “Area D”.  I am still not sure just how many “areas” there are to this base!  Anyway, the boys worked on their softball belt loops and then we had a BBQ.  It was really wet out (yeah, more rain!) but they did all right and since it didn’t actually rain on us, I tried not to complain.  I got a chance to chat with my other cub scout mom friends while the men all did the sports stuff.  Doug worked on catching and throwing.  They also worked on batting and rules of the game, then had a “game” if you can call it that when you only have enough people to field one team and rotate out who gets to bat! 

Zach had a big moment, he was awarded his Bobcat Badge.  They pin it on upside down and he has to do a good deed before I can sew it on right side up.  They also presented me with a Bobcat pin since I’m his adult partner.  I had to put mine on upside down and had to do a good deed to turn it right side up.  Lucky for us, it is TCT Sunday at church tomorrow (Tomorrow’s Church Today, the kids “run” the service, Zach will be workin Sound) and it’s my turn to teach Sunday school to the 4 year olds.  We’ll have those Bobcats upright in no time!

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Pinewood Derby!

The boys had their Boy Scout Pinewood Derby today.  They started preparing their cars a couple of weeks ago.  Dad helped with final details.  The cars needed to weigh as close to 5 ounces as possible, without going over.  So Dad added “engines” made out of old batteries and foil. 

Zach’s car is the one closest to the starter.  This was the first run for his car.  Each car would run 8 times, twice on each track.

By his face, you can guess that he won.  He had several first place finishes over the 8 heats, and ended up coming in First Place in his den and Third Place for the whole pack.  He got a trophy and a medal.

Brandon did well too, he came in First Place in his den, but did not place in the pack.  He got a medal, but my camera died before I could get his picture.

Can’t wait till next year, I’m already planning my design……………..

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