Tuesday, April 10, 2018

UHSG Hiking & Nature Club Visits the Waldgeisterweg

By Caleb M.

On Thursday, March 15, 2018 the Hiking and Nature club went to the Waldgeisterweg in Oberotterbach. On the hike we saw many figures on the side of the trail. 


Some making mean faces and others making sad and creepy faces.









I remember this one group of faces and they all looked like they were all gonna cry. I didn’t understand the meaning of this one but it stood out the most to me. Looked like something from a horror movie so I didn’t get close to them.






The trail was very wide and fairly long, and had a lot of beautiful views on the way. The adults walked slow as always and the teens were usually at the front of the group. We had to stop about three times waiting for the adults to catch up. 


As we were walking one person noticed a bunker looking building. We went over to this bunker thing and tried to open the door. As expected the door was locked, but we stayed a little longer after talking about what could be inside. We all noticed that on top of the door it had a year on it. The year this bunker had on it was 1969, so most of us guessed it was from the cold war era. We got back on the trail and continued to our stop. 



When we got to the end of the trail we all started laughing at this wooden snail that was smoking. It was half destroyed but you could still ride it. There was a little hill behind the snail and most of us climbed it but sadly, there was nothing up there. After seeing nothing at the top we went back down and had to take a group picture. Then we stopped for a little bit and had a snack. 







On the way back we stopped at the bunker again, one person getting their phone out and putting the flashlight up to the little holes inside said there was just a brick wall behind the door. We left the bunker for the last time and started walking back to the cars. 




Once we got to the cars, some people went inside the Schutzenhaus restaurant located at the trailhead for a snack.


Monday, March 5, 2018

The UHSG Annual Art Show 2018

On Tuesday, February 27th,  artists of all ages gathered to showcase their work.  Many different art styles were featured, from canvas paintings to jewelry.  It was fun getting all dressed up and eating tasty Hors d'oeuvres while we spent the evening taking in all the creative pieces on display.

Here is a sampling of the art displayed:



















Friday, March 2, 2018

UHSG Hiking & Nature Club Gets Back on the Trail in 2018

February 2018 Hiking and Nature Meeting: 
Steinenschloss Weg in Thaleischweiler-Fröschen



Short walk to the parking lot to the trail head. 
Glad we bundled up!




We set off on the short, steep hill on a crisp and sunny February day.  

In no time at all, we were at the ruins of Burg Steinenschloss. The entrance gate and the round keep (fortified residence tower) is what remains of the castle today. It appears that Burg Steinenschloss dates back to the Salian period (approximately 1024-1124). See link for more information about the history of this castle


It’s easy to imagine what life might have been like when this castle was still intact. There were plenty of opportunities to explore the castle ruins. 





A welcoming bridge=
an invitation to explore!




After a bit of exploring the castle ruins, it was time to explore the trail. 
There were many “finds!”


























Icicles!



When you carry a log 6K, it’s a good idea to take breaks:)













































We ended as we started. 
Enjoy the trails and keep exploring!