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.
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!
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.
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.
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!