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Mar 9, 2012 - Fun in the Forest

A friend recently pointed out how similar to the forests of Northern Wisconsin the Steigerwald appears and I agree completely. I spent most of my final two days in Seitenbuch exploring the forest to a degree that I've never been able to do before---mostly because I've never previously had the time. It was a great combination of both history and the outdoors and those couple of days proved to be some of the best of my visit. I picked up a very accurate hiking map of the area which not only included hiking trails and old logging roads but...

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Feb 28, 2012 - Scheinfeld

Every day I try to get out on the vast network of hiking trails snaking through the Steigerwald. My most recent hike led me through the forest to Scheinfeld (population: 4,600), the closest city to Seitenbuch and the town where the local kids go to school. The great thing about Scheinfeld is that it's completely off of the tourist track and yet it's absolutely charming. Scheinfeld is already listed in documents as early as the 8th century and was officially designated a city in 1415. At one time Scheinfeld was a walled city, but today all...

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Feb 25, 2012 - Steigerwald

Seitenbuch lies in the middle of the Steigerwald, a densely wooded forest located between Bamberg, Nuremberg and Würzburg. The area is designated a "nature park" and much of the forest is protected land. Among the steep hills and ravines are numerous hiking trails of which I hope to take advantage during my time here. So far I've gone on two hikes, one for 2 hours and the other for 3-1/2 hours. Although it's winter the scenery has been lovely. The trails lead through beautiful pine forests and are especially quiet and peaceful. The cool...

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Feb 23, 2012 - Sausage Making

The Volunteer Firehouse also serves as the de facto community center of the village. For as long as I've been coming here the men of the town gather there on Thursday evenings for beer, talk, sandwiches and sometimes cards. This past week the firehouse was also the site of a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday evening, and it was here that the community butchered a pig last Saturday. On my first full day in town I was able to take part in that and help with sausage making. We started at 7:00 am and it was an all day affair with the last sausage...

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Feb 23, 2012 - Wood Cutting

The majority of households in Seitenbuch are heated with wood gathered from the respective family's property in the surrounding forest. Winter is the time that most of the wood is split and cut and, based upon the huge wood piles lining the sides of the forests, it is a major undertaking. During harvesting the wood is cut in approximately one meter (3ft) lengths and it is later split using a piece of equipment powered by a tractor. It doesn't matter how thick the wood is or whether it's soft wood or hard wood. That splitter does the...

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Feb 22, 2012 - Seitenbuch

The majority of my time in Germany will be spent with my cousin and his family in the tiny village of Seitenbuch, consisting of a grand total of 22 houses and 70 inhabitants. Seitenbuch is the hometown of my grandfather and is far removed from the hustle and bustle of big cities. It is far enough from the beaten path that even during the day it is peacefully quiet---virtually no outside traffic passes through it and the fields surrounding town are beautiful. Seitenbuch was historically a farming village, but today no one in town makes their...

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