Saturday, March 11, 2017

UHSG Hiking & Nature Club Visits Karlstal Gorge

This week the UHSG Hiking & Nature Club met at the Karlstal Gorge (Karlstalschlucht) in Trippstadt.  We first hiked the Karlstalschlucht trail, which takes wanderers through a very scenic gorge while following a stream.  There are areas along the route where the more adventurous can climb up the sides and explore the large rock formations, and there are even a couple caves

 
        
 
We happened upon some frog eggs, which had been deposited in a strange location on an old stump.



After wandering through the gorge, we walked uphill on the Amseldell trail.  This led to a clearing in the woods - a perfect place to stop for a snack and a game of hide-n-seek.


 



Our nature study focus for this month's meeting was lichen and fungi.  We found many great examples on our hike.



We ended our afternoon by making a stop at the pond near the parking area.  This is the home of two beautiful swans.