We rented a car and got a room at Hotel Waldblick (do not click unless your tolerance for the disaster that is Adobe Flash is way higher than mine) in Schenkenzell, a tiny town in the Kinzig Valley near Schiltach. The hotel was really great - a nice bathroom (with tub, a major plus for my splint-wearing self), comfortable bed, really incredible service, and a restaurant that makes a mean Kaesespaetzle (it's not on the menu but just ask for it). Every time I go south I'm amazed at how friendly it is; it's like another planet, and Heidelberg really isn't all that unfriendly itself.
In retrospect the car may have been unnecessary since we did so little, but we were afraid of getting bored and feeling stuck in Schenkenzell with only a few trains coming through, so we got it anyway and we did put it to good use - more than what we could have done with only the train - it's just that we found out that most of the places we wandered to weren't really worth the trip.
On our first day there we wandered into Schiltach to check it out. The town's Marktplatz is up on a hill and if you enter from road below as we did, you climb a couple of flights of stairs to it from the road, and it makes for a really cool experience to see it for the first time. There are a lot of cute houses and, in the quarter along the river, a free museum in what used to be a sawmill. They also tanned leather in Schiltach and part of the museum is dedicated to tanning. It's small, but worth the free entry fee. :)
|Schiltach + other Schwarzwald Dez 09|
We also went to Gutach one day, thinking there must be something to see there other than their open air museum, which is closed in the winter. Turns out there isn't. On the way back we stopped in some other -ach-ending town for something that was marked on brown signs along the highway as a Glashuette. It turned out to be a glass museum and shop. We weren't interested in paying for the museum, but checked out the shop. All the glass crap you could never want. Otherwise, we didn't do much! Bad news followed us on the trip - on the second day, I got a phone call about a major tragedy in the family, worse than anything else that had yet happened in 2009.
I toasted the arrival of 2010 like no year ever before. GTFO, 2009.
In completely unrelated news, Damon managed to acquire DVDs of the first three seasons of The Muppet Show over the past 3 months so we've been going through them slowly. A couple of weeks ago we got to one of the best, the Elton John show. Since then one of my favorite Elton songs has been stuck in my head non-stop! So I am sharing it as seen on the Muppets. :)