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A hike through the Knoblochsaue (also known as Kühkopf)

Another day, yet another trip. After the hilly Odenwald hikes over the weekend and yesterday, today was a “flat one” on the list.

Still, with about 18km (post-calculated) it was quite a long walk. I normally cycle this one, but in these days, with slippery wet roads it was good enough to walk.


One of the first things we noticed were the mistletoe on almost every tree. They were however mainly on poplars, and none of the oak trees had them. They are a parasite, living on trees, and when there are too many, the tree might just die, or fall over due to the weight.

Additionally to that, the berries and leaves are poisonous. And yes, these are the plants that allow you to kiss the person next to you when you both stand underneath it. Pretty interesting if you know what these parasites really are.


The flat and bit curvy roads, sidelined by various trees. In a few months, there will be wild garlic growing everywhere, with white blossom and somehow .. an interesting smell.


The ‘wetlands’, covered in a grey/champagne colour, surrounded by poplars with mistletoe in them.


The -in the netherlands famous- pollard willows, here the uncut version.


One of the famous landmarks: you’re getting closer to the Rhine river. In the far distance to the right one sees the poplars which line up to the river.


But before that, we ran into a fox, hunting. We could admire his nice dark orange coat and the black fluffy ear tips which were scanning it’s nearby surroundings. He/she was so concentrated that he didn’t see us until we were really close.


Finally, the water, where the grey clouds and the atmosphere indicated only one thing: rain.


Watching south, towards Biblis


And a doggy in her element. Lots of lovely smelling bits and water to cool down.


Further down the track, at the part that goes parallel with the old Rhine track, there are 2 observation huts which are a great refuge, not only for the rain, but also to see all kinds of creatures walking around.


(click to enlarge panorama)


And then, all of a sudden, 2 roe deer, quite round, probably ready to give birth walked by at the other side of the mud puddle. Can you spot them?


From here on it started to rain even heavier, and we were trying our best to not slip over the wet road with big holes dug into it.


Just before the parking place, the rain stopped and I could take some more pictures of remarkable animals: The coypu also known as the river rat or nutria. They are like a crossing between a beaver and a rat, with a rat-like tail and beaver-like orange teeth. I got to know them as pretty aggressive rodents, wouldn’t like to have yet another close encounter with them.


For the rest of the water animals, they seemed to be fine company though.
Glad we reached our destination, it was quite a walk. A lovely one though.

Runde Jugenheim – Steigerts – Kuralpe – Jugenheim

Another trip through the Vorderer Odenwald, the north east part of the Odenwald.

It is one of the many rounds around the hills we can walk from here. The best thing: You won’t see someone else for many kilometers.


The weather was half-sunny, quite windy but very warm for end of February, 13 degrees.


We went through the “Bannwald”, east of the Ruine Tannenburg, past the Sophienhütte towards Ober-Beerbach.


Quite a climb.


But the view downhill is even more fantastic if you see how much further one can watch.


Almost at the top. Well. One of the many hilltops.


Furry friends that don’t agree with each other if they can play or not. Probably, preferably not, they’re not talking the same language :)


A fantastic little “Fundstück”: A Citroën 2CV, one of the latest models, unfortunately it doesn’t look like this one can still drive.


The “heights” behind Steigerts, going down to the Kuralpe again. Very windy, with a view to Neunkirchner Höhe, 605m over sealevel and the highest point of the Vorderer Odenwald.


Cut down tree + “You can’t climb that tree, it’s way too high” + puber == Motivation++


A last view towards the hill which has got Burg Frankenstein at the other side, towards the north. A steep downhill descend and an icecream at a crowded Eiscafé Natale as ‘dessert’ before landing home and getting ready to go to the horses again ;)

I…

“I…

I used to make long speeches to you after you left.
I used to talk to you all the time, even though I was alone.
I walked around for months talking to you.

Now I don’t know what to say.

It was easier when I just imagined you.
I even imagined you talking back to me.
We’d have long conversations, the two of us.
It was almost like you were there.
I could hear you, I could see you, smell you. I could hear your voice.
Sometimes your voice would wake me up.
It would wake me up in the middle of the night, just like you were in the room with me.

Then… it slowly faded.
I couldn’t picture you anymore.
I tried to talk out loud to you like I used to, but there was nothing there.
I couldn’t hear you.

Then…
I just gave it up.
Everything stopped.

You just… disappeared. “

Walk from Jugenheim to Balkhausen (and we got lost)

Today we had a birthday to celebrate. And it was hard work ;) Especially because we decided to walk there, and back again.

giant sequoia schloss heiligenberg, jugenheim

giant sequoia schloss heiligenberg, jugenheim

It was a great walk with beautiful weather. We walked by one of Hessens tallest trees, the Giant Sequoia near Schloss Heiligenberg. Planted there over a century ago, it has grown a lot, but noone exactly knows how high it is these days.

The view on Schloss Heiligenberg when one takes the road to Hotel Brandhof. Two more Giant Sequoia’s standing next to it, but none as high as the one near the pond.


But we, of course, take a different track. It’s the one that’s in between the road to the north side and the south side track around Heiligenberg.


Make sure you’ve got good shoes – It’s very wet despite being at the south side.


The trees are still very empty, so around the end of February.


And the trees near the path are holding on for dear life, giving so much shelter to the little creatures of the forest.


Still, patches of green are visible: Moss is growing wherever it can.


Sun is setting, this won’t be visible anymore though in a few months time. It will be all green.


Bold trees wherever you look, until you’re in a patch of needle wood.


One patch of needle wood, turning everything green but also dark as it doesn’t let any sun through.


Somehow we managed to get lost, that didn’t let the views on the trees down however. Sun really low here, just above the hills, turning everything warm with an orange glow.


The moment you leave the ordinary track and get lost, nature shows it’s wild beauty.


Little ecosystems everywhere


Or maybe just the buffet leftovers from a squirrel?


The last sunlight and the different types of moss turns everything into a miniature beautiful Japanese garden.


Finally we got the track back – after going offroad for a while


Looking back, the sun’s last bits of gold were sprayed on top of the hills.


And our destination for the evening was in sight.


A warm welcome and a taste of what’s going to expect us.


A salad of baby spinach surrounded by an absolutely fantastic cooked St. Jacobs shell


Also the cream soup with a touch of mustard had a St. Jacobs shell delicacy as the center.


And then the creme-de-la-creme of the evening: The entrecote was previously shown ‘as is’, and after a while showed up again, cooked, and prepared (cut) at our table. Only in France I’ve seen food being shown to our table, before it was prepared. Here, in Germany it’ rare. And, for me, it’s a sign of care and even honor when a chef de la cuisine does so.


The .. well. let’s say 1200 grams of Entrecote are sliced – we almost had a fight who gets what. But at the end, we were all so much full, full of yummy tastes, it didn’t matter much anymore. It was a delicacy for all. And with the suggested wines, it was a feast as well. Just as if an angel peed on your tongue.


The end result: Entrecote with oyster mushrooms. I didn’t even eat what was served around it – potatoes, sauce. This delicacy is *over* the top at the Gasthaus Landgraf. Expensive, yes, not for vegans or vegetarians either. But if you’ve got something to celebrate, this is the place to go to!

Tina Turner – Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Just one video, something I found last week and I never knew it existed. It’s Tina Turner chanting a buddhist mantra called Nam Myoho Rengo Kyo.
I never would have thought her raw voice sounds so well with it.

From the youtube page which goes with it:

tinaturnerblog.com

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Out from the first ‘Beyond’ cd, Tina Turner chanting the buddhist mantra Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

Original text with English signification:

Myoho renge kyo — The wonderful Law of the Lotus Sutra
Ho ben pon dai ni: Skillful Ways
Ni Ji Se Son — There the World Honored One
Ju San Mai — Quietly came up
An Jo Ni Ki — From his samadhi
Go Shari Hotsu — And said to Shariputra:
Sho Bu’ Chi E — The wisdom of the Buddhas
Jin Jin Mu Ryo — Is profound and cannot be measured
Go Chi E Mon — Its gate is hard to understand
Nange Nan Nyu — And difficult to enter.
Is Sai Sho Mon — No Shravaka-Disciple
Hyaku Shi Butsu — Or Self-taught buddha
Sho Fu No Chi — Can understand it.
Sho I Sha Ga — Why is that? (because!)
Butsu Zo Shin Gon —the [present] Buddhas attended on many
Hyaku Sen Man Noku — hundreds of thousands of billions
Mu Shu Sho Butsu — Of [past] Buddhas,
Jin Gyo Sho Butsu — And practiced the many teachings
Mu Ryo Do Ho — Of those Buddhas bravely and energetically
Yu Myo Sho Jin — To their far-flung fame till they attained
Myo Sho Fu Mon — The profound Law
Jo Ju Jin Jin — Which you’ve never heard before,
Mi Zo U Ho — And also because they are exposing
Zui Gi Sho Setsu — The Law according to the capacities
I Shu Nan Ge — Of all living beings a way that the intention is hard to understand
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Go Ju Jo Butsu I Rai — Since I became Buddha, I also
Shu Ju In Nen — Have been stating various teachings
Shu Ju Hi Yu — With different stories of previous lives,
Ko En Gon Kuyo — Various parables, and various similes.
Mu Shu Ho Ben — I have been leading all living beings
In Do Shu Jo — With countless expedients
Ryo Ri Sho Jaku — In order to save them from materialism,
Sho I Sha Ga — Because I have the power
Nyo Rai Ho Ben — To employ skills,
Chi Ken Hara Mitsu — And the power to perform
Kai I Gu Soku — The Paramita (reached goal of wisdom) of insight
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Nyo Rai Chi Ken —The insight of the Tathagatas
Ko Dai Jin Non — Is wide and deep.
Mu Ryo Mu Ge — They have all the [states of mind
Riki Mu Sho I — Towards] countless [living beings],
Zen Jo Ge Da’s’ San Mai — unchecked [intelligence], powers,
Jin Nyu Mu Sai — Fearlessness, dhyana-concentrations,
Jo Ju Is Sai — Liberations and samadhis. They entered
Mi Zo U Ho — Deep into no limits, and attained the Law which you’ve never heard before
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Nyo Rai Nyo Shu Ju Fun Betsu —The Tathagatas divide the Law
Gyo Ses Sho Ho — Into various teachings, and state
Gon Ji Nyu Nan — Those teachings so gently and skillfully
Ek Ka Shu Shin — That living being are delighted.
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Shu Yo Gon Shi — In short, the Buddhas attained
Mu Ryo Mu Hen — The countless teachings
Mi Zo U Ho — Which you’ve never heard before
Bus Shitsu Jo Ju — No more
Shi — Will I say
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra
Fu Shu Bu Setsu — Because the Law
Sho I Sha Ga — attained by the Buddhas
Bus Sho Jo Ju — Is the highest Truth.
Dai Ichi Ke U — Rare [to hear] and hard
Nan Ge Shi Ho —To understand.
Yui Butsu Yo Butsu — Only the Buddhas attained
Nai No Ku Jin — The highest Truth, that is
Sho Ho Jis So — The Reality of All Things
Sho I Sho Ho — In regards to:
Nyo Ze So — Their appearances (form? shape? size? ) as such,
Nyo Ze Sho — Thier natures (essence) as such,
Nyo Ze Tai — Their embodiments (present incarnation) as such,
Nyo Ze Riki — Their powers (potentiality also possibilities) as such,
Nyo Ze Sa — Their activities (function or role) as such,
Nyo Ze In — Their primary causes (obvious cause) as such,
Nyo Ze En — Their environmental causes (process) as such,
Nyo Ze Ka — Their effects (latent or hidden effect) as such,
Nyo Ze Ho — Their requital (final outcome or return) as such,
Nyo Ze Hon Ma’ Ku Kyo To — And the combination of these [factors] as such (over and over again)

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Video: Xaver Walser
Music: Regula Curti & Roland Frey (NJP Studio Zurich)
Album Producers: Erwin Bach & Beat Curti

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