• Fort Lee,  Hikes

    James River National Wildlife Refuge

    For most military folks who have been stationed in Deutschland, nothing compares to Deutschland.  Heading out every weekend to hike another 1,000 year old castle ruin.  Heck, heading out after dinner to hike a neighborhood 1,000 caste ruin before the sun sets!  Ahh, to be back in my little village nestled below Kallmunz. But we are here now in Fort Lee, Virginia.   And I explained to the children, while we may not have thousands of years of history surrounding us, we do have unbelievable Civil War sites.  As for the natural surroundings, the flatness of eastern Virginia is a little hard for this Vermonter.  I catch myself when I call…

  • Germany,  Hohenfels Day Trip

    Burg Loch

    When your child has a birthday in the era of COVID-19, celebration options are limited. What a difference a year makes. This time last year we were celebrating Hunter’s eleventh birthday in Ireland. You can read all about that adventure here. For his twelfth birthday Hunter requested castle hikes–our family’s number one ‘travel’ adventure during lockdown. For this day I put two castles on the list that cumulatively were within 30 minutes of our home. For those with children you know how much better the moods are when the trip is shorter so that was a bonus. Our first stop was an urban castle remnant in Laaber. From there we…

  • Germany,  Hohenfels Day Trip

    Burgruine Sengersberg

    The weather forecast was cold with a chance for freezing rain, sleet, or snow but later in the day. What a great opportunity to get out before the bad weather set in. Jules hadn’t been able to join the kids and I on the last couple of castle hikes but even with the downbeat weather she was excited to get out and explore our backyard.  One of the permissible things allowed under Deutschland’s COVID lockdown–outdoor exercise. Burgruine Sengersberg was our third castle stop of the afternoon and I was hoping to visit one additional castle ruin before hitting up our favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Nittenau.  Turns out, this would be…