Short holiday in the woods (lot’s of pictures!)

Last week has been quiet on my blog, but all for a good reason! I had to prepare for a short holiday and also needed to make sure the office wouldn’t miss me too much, so I pulled a couple of all-day shifts to get some work done.

We went with r3boot’s family to an “abandoned” camp ground and spend three days in the Ardennes around St. Vith Belgium. Weather wasn’t great, it rained a lot, but it couldn’t spoil our fun. It was amazing! Back to basic, heating our original Mongolian yurt with a wood stove, on which we also cooked breakfast and dinner. There was no electricity at all. Luckily we did have a couple of working toilets. ;-) We also had build an extra roof so we could sit outside.

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Surrounded by the densely forested ridges, there was plenty of stuff to see. After installing ourselves in the two yurts, we took a small walk through the forest. So much different kinds of green!

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At night we played a game of Nintendopoly and crawled into our beds early, tired from the fresh air. I woke up early next morning, when the sun was just rising and took a walk among the camp ground. It was truly abandoned. Previous owner left without notice and friends of my mother in-law recently purchased it for redevelopment. There is a lot to do, a lot of mobile homes need work, sanitary isn’t according to law yet, electricity has been cut off… I liked it though, it gave a whole new dimension to our stay.

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I was planning on exploring the mobile homes, but remembered before entering the first one that some were still owned by someone. Since that would be trespassing I decided not to, just took a walk and go back to sleep again.

During the afternoon I felt a bit adventurous and together with r3boot went on a trip. This is when I made the most pictures, so be prepared! We packed some lunch, bottled some water and took the binoculars. First we followed the path, but soon decided to go off-track and climbed the first hill we encountered. And then went down again. And up. And down. It took us about three hours but it was amazing! We finally got to the highest point we could find and enjoyed the view while eating our peanut butter sandwiches. And then we had to go down again… It was a bit steep and densely covered area. The final part of our way down was on our butts! Walking just wasn’t possible anymore.

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At night we sat outside by the fire. Inside the yurt, while playing a game, the gas lamp died and we needed to finish our games by the light of lit candles and flash lights. The next day we packed up our things again and went home. See you next year St. Vith!

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10 thoughts on “Short holiday in the woods (lot’s of pictures!)

    1. spider Post author

      You do! It’s so beautiful! And really good for the mind to get some rest after spending hours and hours and hours behind a computer screen.

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  1. Scott K

    Such a beautiful location! I haven’t done a camping trip like that in a while. I think I need to do that after I’ve moved. Looks lovely there. And the pool seems eerie.

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    1. spider Post author

      I love the pool! But then again, I don’t like swimming, so this pool is more interesting to me like this than it would be if it was filled with water.

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  2. Bill M

    You are so very lucky! That is a very beautiful place! Glad you had a good time. The forest looks so much nicer than what we have in Florida. Our forests are nice, but the small bushes and other plant life that over crowds the ground under the trees and the swampy areas make off the path travel a bit rough. Your post remided me I did not most about our week end adventures in a local forest.

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    1. spider Post author

      It wasn’t all easy. Everything is covered in moss, but it also grows over little streams you cannot see. And it was amazingly steep! Covered in slippery wet branches everywhere. It was hard to find adhesion (is that the right word?). Way back down we had to find a way through plants that were larger than both of us. But it was all worth it. Would definitely do it all over again!

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