14-Jan-2008 -- 48N – 8E Freiburg, Germany
Line Hunting Date: January 14 2008
A Cross Border Line Hunting Trip in the Black Forest
This is part of a one-and-half day stop-over at Strasbourg where Lynn and family now spending a year.
After a nice long run which also doubled as the sight-seeing tour of Strasbourg in the morning. The idea of going for a hunt in the afternoon took hold. We settled on this particular point near Freiburg, about 75 km GPS distance away. Kai got to skip the afternoon of the pre-school to be one of the line hunters.
The drive to Freiburg via autobahn was fast and easy. After we drove through Freiburg, the extremely well marked country road (almost too well marked and made it too easy) took us to the village just about one km from the point. We found a small road off the highway going up a good hill which took us to a farm with 260 meters left to go on foot.
The last 260 meters turn out to be a bit complicated and took us a good 40 minutes to complete the hunt. About 120 meters before the confluence point, we got into a loose and steep slope in the woods which made it rather slow going. When going became slow, the GPS pointer was pointing every which direction did not help the matter. Eventually, we got to the bottom of the hill and found a wide path which led us to the point – well marked with a large white and green banner by the previous visitors!
This confluence located in the classic black forest part of Southern Germany. A good part of the trial we passed there were active logging of pine trees. We took a scenic route back to the expressway and able to get a little appreciation of the cute little villages and town. We made it back to France in the dark.
Kai who is 4 years old did well in the tricky slope by holding to Lynn’s hand. He also did a good job guiding us back toward the car with the GPS. Kai could be one of the youngest hunters of this project.
Rating of this hunt:
Degree of Challenge:
2 – a nice hike in the hill with some loose slop to negotiate (1= very easy - drive to the point; to 5= a death march – glad it is over)
3– pleasant black forest (Scale: 1= not interesting at all; 5= take your breath away)
3 – Southern Germany not too far from France – clean and orderly villages and towns (Scale: 1=dull; 5= most stimulating)