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A Not So Fun Vacation Day

Hot summer drive

sunny 112 °F

It was a 15-hour drive from Craters of the Moon down and over to Kings Canyon in the west side of the Sierras. We’d planned to stop in Reno and take our granddaughter to breakfast at the Excalibur. Oops! Excalibur is in Las Vegas, we realized when we got into Reno. IMG_20150721_100156277.jpg

We had to drive down the Central Valley, it was hot! Not what we were used to, but what we had left for the past few weeks. Ugh, we were not in the best of moods but we had to go this route to get to where we needed to be.

We’d planned to meet our son, Justin and his boys, his wife, and her daughter, in Cedar Grove, the last campground in Kings Canyon. The plan was that we’d all arrive on Wed am at the latest. We decided that we’d arrive on Tues night rather than trying to rush on Wed.

We had to stop at Costco as we were out of food. We also needed to do laundry. We’d run low on clothes back in some town, who knows where, so stopped and bought more. Now it was desperation time again and we hated to buy even more clothes.

We were not completely happy campers when we went into Costco. Then Costco was not set up at all like ours. They didn’t have some of the products that we see in ours and we really needed. More foul! Then I got really ill from some gluten, don’t know what I’d eaten the day before, but there it was. But fortunately, I was in Costco when the gluten issue hit and not on a 2-lane road with no shoulder.

We left Costco and went to the grocery store next door, bought what we needed and got on the road. We decided that it was too hot, we were getting too grumpy and we would deal with laundry in Kings Canyon.

We were in Kings Canyon by 9p.m. but, Cedar Grove was another hour back into the mountains. But it didn’t matter how far Cedar Grove was, we were going to plant ourselves in a campsite and be done.

It had rained just before we got into Cedar Grove, and although thunderstorms were forecast for that night we only had clear skies with a gazillion stars. We found a campsite with a long drive, perfect for our RV and long truck, parked and set up camp. Good to be back in the cool weather again.

Posted by Miss Chris 10:28 Archived in USA Tagged travel ruins camping national_park outdoors family_travel kings_canyon grandkids_travel Comments (0)

Festivals and Ruins

rain 66 °F

We had originally planned to go to Munich today but Dieter suggested a new plan to visit a festival in a little town called Ransbach. This festival is a week- long festival to celebrate the church with traditional dances, food and drink. We thought that it would be fun to go to an authentic festival as Munich will always be there.

We packed up kids and followed Dieter in his car, taking a scenic route to the town; passing fields of golden yellows and greens with trees all around.
The town is very small, located SW of Amberg, unfortunately I could not find any link to this city. A small road led up to the town, and parking was along the very rocky field of potatoes. We walked down to the tent which had been set up as it was raining off and on. The tent had a stage on one end and lots of tables and benches set up throughout.

Outside were 3 food booths; 1 large selling many different types of homemade desserts and collecting money for the meats, 1 booth grilling sausages and steaks, 1 booth grilling fish.

We went and got our sausage sandwiches, just sausage for me, and kids got cake. We got back inside to lots of yelling, clapping and the dancers walking up to the stage.

The dancers were young people probably in their 20’s for most of the dances, all from this town. There were dances that you think would take place but then others too. One dance, a version of musical chairs, which involved a large pretzel on a ribbon. The couple holding this pretzel when the music stopped had to take a bite of it together then the woman would wear it. This went on until the last couple standing was crowned something.

Another dance involved 2 long logs and 4 men to each log, marching and chopping. I will try to attache a video to my facebook as it will not attach here.

All dances involved lots of beer drinking. The audience was quite involved; singing along, clapping and drinking.
Other dances included the younger kids.

From the festival we drove to the Kallmunz Castle ruins, a place I’ve explored before. It is located along the river. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgruine_Kallm%C3%BCnz IMG_20140629_184721_829.jpgIMG_20140629_184512_256.jpgIMG_20140629_190815_626.jpgIMG_20140629_191001_412.jpg

To get to the ruins one must walk up a stair way, up the side of the cliff. At the top is a wonderful castle and tower. Unfortunately it is not possible to enter the tower any longer as it is unstable. Outside of the north entrance is a 30 meter high earthen wall built by the Celtics.

We walked on the Celtic wall, looked at where the village was located so many years ago. Wondered about the people who lived here.

Posted by Miss Chris 01:19 Archived in Germany Tagged travel ruins castle festival europe ransbach Comments (0)

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