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My last post was on Thursday night of last week! YIKES!!! I would like to take a moment to say thanks to all of my loyal readers. I appreciate you all continuing to visit the site. Things have been crazy here! I am finishing up the school year and as a teacher that entails a LOT of work! We are finished on Monday and although I am sad to say goodbye for a summer, I am so excited about spending the summer traveling with my family! At the same time, I have been working on migrating this site and creating a new site!

Lately, I have been reading Mother of All Trips as she writes her “Mondays are for Dreaming” and I know it isn’t Monday, but I am going to leave you with a picture that shows you what I am dreaming about…this dessert in Garmisch, Germany!

Partnachklamm or Partnach Gorge

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the alien landscape that we saw in Wyoming at Hell’s Half Acre last summer. While we were in Germany, we saw another crazy landscape that looked like it was formed in some other world. The Partnachklamm is a gorge that at some points is 80 meters deep. To get to the Partnachklamm, you start at the 1936 Olympic Ski Jump Stadium.

The 1936 Olympic Ski Jump

It is about a 20 minute walk from here. I imagine the walk is absolutely beautiful in the summertime. We saw it during the winter. There was fresh snow on the ground; there were horse drawn carriages and sleds everywhere. I will admit that with our two children, our walk was a bit longer than 20 minutes!

On our way up to the gorge

Once at the gorge, you pay a small fee of 1,50Euro per person. During the summer, the gorge is full of flowing water and huge waterfalls. During the winter, it is like you have just landed on another planet…a very far-from-the-sun planet! The waterfalls are frozen in time, yet the river is still flowing right under the falling ice. The pathway is an easy walk and you can turn around whenever you like. We saw many children and adults of all ages.

There is a bridge that you can take but it is only open in the summer so unfortunately we missed it.It was an easy walk for our 4yo and he couldn’t believe what he saw!

The family posing for a picture!

On our way into a spooky tunnel!

Our ride back to the car!

Day Two–Garmisch, Germany

We got to break in all of our new snow jackets and mittens and such…it is FREEZING here! Quite different from the 78 degree weather we left at home! Sera is not a fan of the snow jacket, but she loves the mittens and pink hat. Seth hates his jacket but wore it when we forced him to. We walked around downtown Garmisch for a bit today. We were so surprised at how many people were out on this dreary, slushy day. If it looked like this at home, the only place you find someone would be in the mall or Target!

Kind of reminds me of “A Christmas Story”

We took a walk through a very small Christmas market where the kids rode a little merry-go-round. I was amazed to see so many buildings painted with beautiful murals. Some were absolutely huge.

The kids found this statue of a boar in front of a bank and had to take their picture with it.You know I take too many pictures when my kids actually ask for a pic!

A view of one of the streets on the fussgangerzone

Tomorrow we head to Vienna, Austria!