Austria Round Two
For Randy’s birthday this year, we planned a short weekend trip to Austria! I’ve been wanting to go back since June, so I’m glad we finally had the chance. The PERFECT weather was the cherry on top of the sundae.
One thing I will say about small town Austria (we stayed in a town called Leogang) is that they’re not too big on AirBNB’s. And most of the gasthauses aren’t cheap. I’ve gotten used to finding AirBNB deals for less than $50 a night, so when I could only find things for a minimum of $100-125 a night, I was determined to do a little more searching. I headed over to booking.com and found a room on a milk farm for about $70 a night! Not bad, considering everything else was over a hundred bucks. I wish I had taken a picture of our room! It was adorable. A comfortable bed, a balcony with a perfect view of the alps, and even a mini kitchen complete with a stove top, pots, pans, utensils, and a mini fridge. Our hosts gave us a tour of the milk farm, and we bought a liter of fresh milk. It doesn’t get any fresher than that! I’ll link the booking.com link HERE.
Our weekend consisted of hiking together on the Asitz, downhill mountain biking (for Randy), and more hiking (for me).
On sunday, as Randy mountain biked to his heart’s content, I went on a solo adventure to the Birnbachloch:
“Situated at the food of an impressive rock hole, this natural monument is one of the most significant water caves in the Leogang Stone Mountains. The impressive grotto-like cave portal (spring cave), from which the crystal clear spring water spouts and vigorously ripples over the stone boulders, is the most beautiful karstic spring in the entire area.”
It was a BEAUTIFUL hike. After the ascent with the hot sun beating down on me, I thought it’d be a great idea to kick off the hiking boots and dip my feet in. It was COLD! Painful cold. It reminded me of the days we were told to hop into an ice bath for ten minutes after cross country practice in high school.
I know I’ve said this a million times, but there’s just something about being in the mountains. The air is cleaner, the sun shines brighter, and there’s something to be said about hiking in high altitudes amongst these beautiful giants – it’s good for the soul. As someone who’s always struggled with stress, anxiety, and feeling down, I think it’s almost necessary. A natural medicine, if you will.
So after a quick weekend in my alps, we are back in Deutschland, Randy is officially 26 years old, and I’m proud to say that there were no trips to the hospital this time!
I’m looking forward to some more active adventures in the alps – maybe trying out some skiing this winter?? And definitely climbing to the summit of Grossglockner (3,798m) next summer!