A lot of sports look easy until you try them, and nothing looks easier than windsurfing. You just stand up on a nice, wide surfboard, grab the bar that controls the sail and rocket across the white caps, right?
Rain and fog aren’t the best conditions for a hike, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me from conquering one of Germany’s highest mountains during a recent trip to Garmisch. Especially not after wind canceled my plans for paragliding for two days straight.
It all started with a leisurely trip to Fethyie, Turkey. My friend Brian Okes suggested that while we were in Fethyie, about a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Izmir, we should go paragliding. It sounded extreme, so I replied: “Why not?”
I love to ski. I love to eat. A perfect combination. You can burn lots of calories on the slopes and then not feel guilty about indulging in rich, fattening mountain specialties — tasty dishes that abound at high-elevation eateries.
Whether you’re a nature buff or you just need a breather from the walking path you and Fido wear down daily, the largest protected wildlife and bird sanctuary within the German state of Hessen offers an enjoyable alternative in both winter and summer.