The Sandstone Mountains

Elbsandstein sandstone mountains near Dresden, Germany

Last week we were in Claudia’s hometown of Dresden, Germany, visiting her family there and seeing the sights of this beautiful city. One day Claudia’s father Gundolf and brother Ferdinand took us to the nearby Elbsandstein Mountains, aka the “Saxonian Switzerland”. I was surprised and impressed by these mountains, which are among the more unique mountains I’ve seen. Large sandstone towers jut out of the surrounding forests and hills like a surreal combination of Utah canyonlands and the Pacific Northwest. Gundolf led us on a fantastic day hike that wound through narrow gorges, foggy forests, high ridges, and also included several climbing routes and via ferrata scrambles along the way. Continue reading “The Sandstone Mountains”

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! As I mentioned in my email newsletter which I just sent out, I will miss my friends and family back home this holiday season, but I am in good company with Claudia over here and we will be spending this next week together in Mayrhofen, Austria. I hope Santa brings lots of snow!

The photo above is from the Black Forest (more like “White Forest”) the other day. The jolly snowman magically appeared via Photoshop!

Schauinsland Sunset

Schauinsland, Black Forest, Germany, Freiburg, snow

The White Forest : Prints Available

Yesterday afternoon we drove up to Schauinsland, a mountain in the Black Forest above Freiburg, for a “look into the country” so to speak. We took a small hike through the winter-wonderland forest to the summit, where there’s a tall lookout tower offering a view over the Black Forest and the plains around Freiburg far below.

Schauinsland, sunset, Black Forest, Germany, Freiburg, winter

Schauinsland Sunset : Prints Available

We stayed up there for a few hours, photographing the beautiful snow-plastered forest and waiting in the howling winds for what turned out to be an awesome sunset!

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