Today was a day of walking through fields and forests, as I eased my way out of Luxembourg's "Little Switzerland " region. There were both bad and good things that came with the day.
BAD: our good friend, Rev. Bob Borden, was buried today
GOOD: we are very thankful that the Borden family has been such an important part in our lives, particularly during our formative young-family years.
BAD: it rained all day
GOOD: my gortex jacket and cap served me well, and my clothes in the backpack stayed dry in ziplock bags
BAD: I followed the wrong trail markers for 30 minutes before figuring it out. I admit this was my fault. Even though a quick check in my guidebook last night told me to follow the yellow circles and green triangles, I forgot and was seduced by the formerly acceptable yellow rectangles. Geometry wasn't my best subject in school.
GOOD: I was able to backtrack and find the right marks and trail. Live and learn. Hopefully someday.
BAD: major deforestation tore up some woods and eliminated all trail markers. I spent nearly an hour climbing over trunks, scrambling through piles of branches and slipping around in the muddy tracks left by the heavy equipment. NOT FUN.
GOOD: my compass and map helped me find a forestry service road to get out of the mess, then to a country lane to get to my town, Diekirch, via a different route.
BAD: my second hiking stick broke, following the lead of its partner 3 days ago
GOOD: Diekirch has a big sporting goods store, where I was able to buy a new pair of poles, which are essential on hilly, muddy trails.
BAD: the walk to the store involved 45 more minutes on my legs
GOOD: this justified my beer with dinner tonight
BAD: rain again tomorrow
GOOD: only a 4 hour hike tomorrow (assuming...), where I'll spend 2 nights in Vianden. Rest day coming up!
So, in retrospect, it really wasn't such a ba-a-ad day after all!