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- Retired teacher living in East Tennessee, adjusting to life in the land of round door knobs. Photographer for our local animal shelter and foster of many dogs and kitties. Don't ask me how many dogs I have, but my son got me one of those "I'm the crazy dog lady" sweatshirts.
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Monday, October 15, 2007
On the day we found the garden in the trees, we also found this memorial to a really big dead pig . . . er, wild hog killed on this spot by a forester back in 1898. Must have been an epic battle to get a memorial and not just a barbecue.
Friday, October 12, 2007
While walking near Baumholder a few weeks ago scouting for a location for our home cross country meet, Mary, Jim and I came across the Hochteil Garten, which is turns out is not a garden at all, and the "hoch" or "high" in German referred to an extremely elaborate outdoor climbing garden involving platforms, hanging tires, climbing walls, and all kinds of high wire set ups, some low to the ground, others quite high for the adventuresome set. To one side was an open air but covered area with a number of sets of climbing apparatus and helmets.
We were amazed at how complicated and elaborate it was. Someone or some organization must have put a lot of time, planning and money into designing it and building it incorporating the existing trees. Many platforms were built around the trees. It's like Swiss Family Robinson's playground outside the tree house, but only for those brave or skilled enough to make use of it. If I were younger, I would want to give it a try, but I'm afraid those years are behind me. I don't have the strength or agility now.