Wouldn’t you know it, but I’ve got some catching up to do again… On Saturday, we decided to take a trip through a portion of the Black Forest. Baden Baden is just about where it starts, so we headed south from there. Our first stop was high up on a hill where there is the ruins of the Windeck castle, a hotel, and a restaurant that originally was a large stable. The castle was built in the 11th century and the Windeck family had it until the 14th century. After they left it, it just fell to ruins and is just as you see it today. Lunch sounded real good about the time we arrived at the castle, so we found ourselves a seat at the front of the stable and enjoyed some of the local foods. In continuing our drive, our next stop was at Mummelsee. There we found a large lake (that is where the “see” comes from) that sits up about 4000 feet in the Black Forest. There are hundreds of walking and hiking trails up there as well and during the winter, it becomes a popular ski resort. We really don’t know just what everyone is finding about this place that makes it so popular, but we could hardly find a parking place. After a quick tour, we headed back to the van completely puzzled as to the draw of this place… We were told that on Sunday there was going to be a large pork barbeque at the campground. Now that sounded good, so when Sunday arrived we made a point of staying close to home. About 11am and we started seeing things being put together…the barbeque arrived, the souvenir store opened, and the brass band started setting up. Oops, drinking beer at 11:00 on Sunday morning!! By noon, the band was playing and the people from the campground started heading for the food and drink…I thought I would be quicker, but I still got my share of all the goodies… Actually, it was wonderful and the pork with German potato salad more than filled our plate. We had so much, that Louise and I had to share a plate so that it wouldn’t go to waste. Needless to say it was time for a nap. After the nap we had some noodles for dinner and as the rain had started again, we decided to watch a movie.
Well, this morning we pulled up stakes in the rain, and headed across the border and once more into France. Our trip today took us from Baden Baden down to Offenburg Germany and then east to Strasbourg France. From there we just found the most comfortable road to travel and headed northwest toward Metz and then onto Verdun for the night. When we awoke this morning it was raining and it continued pretty much off and on throughout the rest of the day. Tomorrow looks much better, so we are planning to make a day trip up to Luxembourg. Hopefully when we get there, we will also find a internet available to post.