Gene and Heather Trek the Globe

1 September 2014

Grapes in the sun in Germany’s Rhine valley.

Grapes in the sun in Germany’s Rhine valley.

1 September 2014

Heather bikes past fields of Riesling grapes in Germany.

Heather bikes past fields of Riesling grapes in Germany.

1 September 2014

Germany is really set up for biking.  Here’s one of the many bike paths (Radweg) that we’ve traversed so far.  This one took us through a short but dark forest. 

1 September 2014

Scenes from Zwingenberg, Germany

31 August 2014

Apples, en route from Heildelberg to Zwingenberg, Germany

Apples, en route from Heildelberg to Zwingenberg, Germany

31 August 2014

Yesterday, we spent the day exploring Heidelberg and meeting up with some old friends.  Today was the start of our bike trip.  We picked up the bikes that were delivered to our hotel on this very rainy morning and headed north on various bike paths towards Zwingenberg.  One of the many picturesque villages that we biked past is the one shown here, Ladenberg.  By the end of the day, we had biked 32.5 miles in 6 hours (less than 3 hours actual biking time).

31 August 2014

Heidelberg Castle

31 August 2014

The red roofs of Heidelberg

The red roofs of Heidelberg

31 August 2014

Two views of Heildeberg, Germany

29 August 2014

Heather and Maria stroll down Eiserner Steg, a pedestrian bridge across the Main River.  


Colorful locks with lovers’ names adorn the bridge.

29 August 2014

Arriving at Franfurt, Germany, we were lucky enough to be greeted by Heather’s super-nice friend Maria who is currently living there.  We met Maria’s daughter, Hannah, and Maria’s parents while we spent the next night at her place.  During the day she showed us around the center of Franfurt on a lovely summer day. Here are Heather and Maria at Römerberg, Frankfurt.

Arriving at Franfurt, Germany, we were lucky enough to be greeted by Heather’s super-nice friend Maria who is currently living there.  We met Maria’s daughter, Hannah, and Maria’s parents while we spent the next night at her place.  During the day she showed us around the center of Franfurt on a lovely summer day. 


Here are Heather and Maria at Römerberg, Frankfurt.

5 August 2014

Hiking up the last mile and a half of Gilliam Creek Trail, now out of the cool, shady woods, and back up into the warm, golden, rolling California hills. Lots of breathtaking views during this section of the trail of the surrounding hills, miles and miles away. 

5 August 2014

Crossing a creek along Fox Mountain Fire Road in Austin Creek State Recreation Area on a Sunday morning, after camping at Mannings Flatt II campground the night before. The trail took us through mixed-tree forests, keeping us cool and shaded for most of the morning. So many stream crossings along Fox Mountain Fire Rd. and then Gilliam Creek Trail. Absolutely lovely hike!

5 August 2014

Heading down steep E. Austin Creek Fire Road in Austin Creek State Recreation Area on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early August.

21 July 2014

Marmots!

Marmots!