alright.so this is a looooong post.get ready to read a lot and to look at a lot of photos.
but no worries.i didn’t work and wrote on that all night long.this is mainly an old post with a hiking and mountaincabin description from almost a year ago.you may have read it before. but because of a present occasion i thought i put it here for you, so you have the chance to reread it.as you might know we live in the bavarian alps now for about 1,5 years and have been active in the alps with hiking and other mounteneering sports before.our hearts beat for mountaincabins, hiking, several day hikes with overnights at mountaincabins.we did that in other countries as well, like new zealand, but here in the alps, we did quiete a few now.without the girls and when the girls were born, with the girls.but if you wanna hear more about our experiences with mountainhut overnights and hiking in the alps with our two little ones, you can now hear and see me life and find out more about our familyadventures in the mountains very very soon in an interview.
now i slowly get to the point where i can finally introduce to you the first and very fabulous “family-travel-congress”/”familienreisekongress”. its a german online congress that takes part from the 16th until the 23rd of april 2016 with 25 interviews and lectures of families and individual family travel agencies you can watch and listen to for free. i’m soo soo excited to listen to some families who have been travelling with their kids all around the world for years now, but also to listen to other families who have been travelling with their families in their bus through europe or spent 3 month abroad in new zealand.they give tips, talk about their passion but also about their challenges. we too, went abroad and spent 2 month in southamerica with our 2 girls when they were still babies and travelled in a simple bus most of the time.i’m pretty sure that my/our family travel adventure spirit will be lit on fire again when listening to all those other families. i can highly recommend to you to take some time and to get inspired and encouraged, but also to maybe get answers to your travel and familyadventure questions by attending the congress, in cae you are planning a traveltrip with your little ones. if you just wanna spent some holidays with your kids in the alps and maybe think about a little adventure with a hike to one of the mountaincabins where you can sleep and maybe get greeted by the marmots, than watch and listen to the interview where i’m talking about our experiences up there.i’m looking forward to see and meet you there and would love to hear from you here about your thoughts and impressions of the family-travel-congress afterwards.
you can sign up here familienreisekongress now for the free participation of the online congress.and in case you don’t have time to listen and watch all 25 interviews or in case you are busy with your kids and can’t be online all the time, you can purchase the interviews. and with that option all the precious tips of those travel experts are yours then.
so i hope to see you then.
hiking with a night in a mountaincabin – a family weekend getaway
it was friday afternoon and my man came home after an exhausting working week, knowing he needed ‘to get out there’. that always means to get up to the mountains, no matter if hiking or biking. and because i wanted to join, we spontaniously thought about hiking up to a mountaincabin oberhütte to a very beautiful clear mountainlake. the next morning we were preparing our little trip and i packed up everything we would need for one night up there while he prepared some snacks (mainly pieces of cucumber,carrots and apples, mueslibars and enough water for our hike up there). those alpine mountaincabins offer simple food and drinks, as well as big rooms with about 10 beds in them (they have woolblankets and a fresh pillows there) and you only have to bring your own sleepingbags. we knew we have our osprey childcarriers (who contain of a sunprotection, wind and waterprotection for the girls and the backpack that can be zipped up to the carrier) to put the girls in and thats all we need. here’s a little
- packinglist: thin and thik layers of wool/silk clothing for the girls, warmer hats(when it gets colder and windy up there), wool/silk pyjamas, diapers, toothbrushes, 1 thin campingtowel, 1 small and thin book for each of them, their nuscheli sleeping/comfort blankies, patches, first-aid kit, sunscreen, swiss pocketknife, 2 thin sleepingbags(very thin silk and/or cotton sleepingbags), rain pants and jackets for christian and me, 2 t-shirts for him and 1 t-shirt for me, long merinowool shirts for him and me, alpineboots for him and me, 1 big sigg waterbottle for him and me, sigg children waterbottles for the girls, our german alpine association cards( that include an insurance for accidents in the mountains and give you good prices on mountaincabins)
we hiked up there in the sun with warm weather, soaked in the blooming and really different but beautiful alpine flora, listened to so many different birds. we saw marmots, a snake and lots of anthills, butterflies and beetles. the ascent to the cabin was only 500 meters in altitude, so possible in 1,5 hours. of course we didn’t want to rush and wanted to give our girls the chance to walk a bit themselfes and to have little breaks to rest and enjoy nature on the way up there. it worked great. and when we got up there, we still had enough time to hike around the mountainlake and dip our feet into the very cold mountainstreams. we refilled our waterbottles with the clearest and finest natural spring water from up there. we enjoyed the evening at that beautiful old wooden cabin and couldn’t wait to go to bed early, together with the girls, ’cause we felt exhausted and refilled with so much beauty at the same time.
a little farmers family owned that mountaincabin. the wife just gave birth three weeks ago to her third child and the girls always asked to see the baby (‘baby schaun’). they offered excellent food (porkroast from their own pork), very good buttermilk and milk from their cows. we stayed in a 10 beds bedroom, but fortunatly shared it with only another couple (the girls didn’t really sleep well and woke up several times. they had to process a lot of new impressions and all the dead stuffed animals the grandfather hunted, including a huge grizzlybear from canada on one of the walls, probably didn’t help).
the next morning christian hiked up to one of the mountainpeaks there. it for sure wasn’t something we would have done with the girls, ’cause a lot of snow was up there and some trails were via ferrata’s. so i went to the mountainlake with the girls, where they climbed upon big stones, looked for pretty flowers and ran around. christian was fast, very fast and came back after 2,5 hours, ’cause on top of the mountain peak he saw a big front carrying rain coming to the mountaincabin. so the two of us got dressed in complete raingear and we put the raincover over the girls in their carriers. we then quickly hiked down in the rain and were glad we took our raingear with us. the girls fell asleep in the carriers on our way back. maybe because mama and papa were almost running and jumping back to the car.
oh those spontanous adventurous nature experiences are so good for the soul, for our familybond and will always make us go back to it in times where our heart yearns for pure nature and some refreshment. i want to encourage you, to just do it. to spontanously get away by car, by bike, by foot. pack your stuff, grab your kids and just dare it. keep it simple, ’cause your little ones need you and your full presence and nature out there. thats enough. and if you forget stuff, you become creative and will forever remember those moments where you had those ideas to come up with alternatives. live your own familyadventure that suits you and make memories for your family. its always worth it. and it doesn’t matter how long or short, how usual or unuasual it is. you did it.