Toto, we’re not in Munich any more

Are we in Munisota or perhaps Germaine?

Finally we have some minus temperatures that should impress – night time low was -16C/1F and the days’ highs are around -6C/21F. I’m not riding my bike but the sun is shining and if there is no wind, it’s still fine for walking and hazard spotting. If there is wind, we still walk, but it isn’t so pleasant!

This was taken on a bike ride before the cold spell. The hazard here is an airfield runway. The razor wire looks pretty threatening, I wouldn’t want to tangle with it.

Danger! Falling branches!

A different location but indeed a branch that could fall any minute

Falling snow – not dangerous, just pretty

Do not enter – forestry work. Which I imagine means falling trees

Fallen trees, not a hazard any more, just an impediment on our chosen path

Now it’s time for our daily walk on a sunny -6C/21F day. I am so looking forward to spring!

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

6 response to "Toto, we’re not in Munich any more"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: February 13, 2021

    Munisota and Germaine? Groan, and groan again. Aren’t terrible puns hazardous to your mental health, by the way?

  2. By: gregblood Posted: February 14, 2021

    I had to look for quite a while to figure out how that big thick branch was still hanging there. I guess I figured it out, but the physics still don’t make sense to me. I sure wouldn’t go near it. I wouldn’t go near that tangle of razor wire either for fear it would jump out at me. What the heck is it protecting?

  3. By: Laura Posted: February 14, 2021

    I’m not sure if snow or anticipation of promised snow is worse. We’ve been told for several days that we will get a big snow on Sunday night/Monday morning. Couldn’t be any worse than the sleet/ice we had last week…it is still hazardous just going to the mailbox. I’ve done some self-talk that if we do get a good snow, that I’ll put on my ski bibs (I haven’t skied in several years, but kept them because they keep the old legs and hips warm) and take a walk in the neighborhood with my camera. The problem is the alter-self often thinks up excuses to not do something and usually wins the debate.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: February 15, 2021

      The biggest problem in the cold, I find, is cold finger when taking pictures. If I’m walking, a winter coat, scarf and hat is usually warm enough even when the temperature goes down to 20 F. I do have a little rechargeable hand warmer that I keep in my pocket which also solves the cold hands problem.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: February 14, 2021

    You would not want to crash into the razor wire for sure. Your last pic of the log over the path is still a hazard I think. I’ve had some dicey moments trying to get my fully-loaded bike over fallen limbs before. I’m not that strong, so carrying the bike and crossing the log has hazard potential for me for sure. (I often carry the bike off the road to camp somewhere in the forest and sometimes there’s no way to get where I want to go without lifting the bike over various things).

    • By: Suzanne Posted: February 15, 2021

      Em, you don’t think I would consider carrying my bike over those tree trunks, do you? We were walking and it was enough for us to scramble over or under them. I can hardly lift my e-bike. Gone are the days when I carried my bike up and down stairs at train stations. 🙁

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