Meraner Höhenweg,

We started our drive down to South Tyrol early in the morning in Innsbruck. A traffic jam on the Brenner Autobahn, the drive over the 6000-foot-high Jaufenpass with narrow roads, and the drive up to the starting point of our hike was challenging.

We started around noon. In the beginning, the sky looked dark and dreary.

At the Ulfaseralm we stopped for coffee.

When the sun came out, Colleen was putting sun lotion on Robert’s face.

The path went along the steep slopes of the Texel Mountains. For several hours we followed the Waalweg or Aquarale (water way). In former times, the alpine farmers watered their steep, sunny side slopes by building water canals down the mountains. It was a very dangerous work. Now, water hoses funnel down the water to irrigate the meadows.

After that, the path changed to a very steep way through woods and meadows down towards the valley.

Wild thyme, meadow sage, sorrel, wild strawberries and many more eatable plants were growing along the path. We tasted them all.

Chestnut trees were growing on the lower parts. Powerful creeks with melting snow water rushed down the steep mountain.

We passed picturesque alpine houses and wayside shrines.

At 7pm we arrived in the Magdeburg Gasthaus. Sheep, goats, a pony, ducks, and two pigs roamed around a fenced in an area beside the guest garden. Little kids brought baby goats and a sheep on a liege into this area.

Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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  1. So lovely to see you back on the trail. Your beautiful photos remind me how much I miss being in Europe. Love, Erica


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