Head off - Snowshoes on!
Deep snowy winter landscapes - silence - the icy Schwarzwasserbach - and suddenly the smell of Kaiserschmarrn in the nose. Join us on a snowshoe tour through the Schwarzwassertal!
Curve after curve I drive towards the Ifen, and already there is a tingle of anticipation in me. The last few days there was again a good deal of fresh snow and now it is fully sunny and blue sky - so this can only be a great day! Arriving at the parking lot, I slip into my tight hiking boots, pack my backpack with tea and snacks and walk towards the valley station. Yes, that's right: in spite of the deepest winters I am in hiking boots and not in ski boots on my way, becauseI'm going on snowshoe tour into the Schwarzwassertal. Arriving at the snowcompany, I meet our guide for the tour. With a big grin on her face she equips me with snowshoes, sticks and avalanche transceiver before I go outside again to meet the other participants.
Finding inner balance
Just before we go back to the snow-covered forest, we fill up again with sun on our skin, and soon we find ourselves on trails that can only be walked in winter. Sometimes I duck so that the load of snow from the trees does not land on my neck, then stop again to enjoy the silence and then join the others again. Birgit makes sure that we do not fall apart as a group and yet everyone can go his own pace. So it goes on and on into the Schwarzwassertal.
The running is meditative, the fresh air and the sun on the skin do the rest. At least now I turn off completely. Because an hour ago I thought about my to-do list, now only the moment counts.
The taste of home
A few meters further on it takes hold of me again: Because suddenly the scent of Kaiserschmarrn pulls through the entire plateau, which robs me already of my breath. So off to Schwarzwasserhütte, snowshoes out and into the cozy room. Although the menu with Kaspressknödeln, apple strudel and Co. let my heart bounce several times higher, the smell of fresh Kaiserschmarrn but is stuck in my head and nose. So while we feast our way through the map, we also get into the conversation more in the group and once again it shows that at over 1000 meters and shared experiences such as the snowshoe tour the togetherness is much easier. When it's time to go outside after an hour's break, I once again enjoy the 360 degree Kleinwalsertal view. Still not a single cloud to see!
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