Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow

Partnachklamm, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is:  Narrow.
Our instructions:  This week, let’s keep things narrow (but not narrow minded):  share a photo with your take on the theme.

A couple of years ago, we were in Bavaria visiting my husband’s then 91 year old grandfather (Opa).  I had prepped my kids:  We’re going to spend the whole day with Opa today.  Whatever he wants to do, we’re doing it.  If he wants to stay in the flat all day and clean the dust off his Bier steins, then that’s what we’re doing.

We arrived at Opa’s flat and told him we’d do anything he wanted to do . . . and he chose a waterfall hike in the Bavarian Alps.  I know.  When I’m 91, I hope to heck I’m still choosing waterfall hike in the Bavarian Alps.  So, Opa grabbed his walking stick (do you have an extra for me?), and we piled into the car and drove down to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to hike Partnachklamm.

Partnachklamm is a waterfall gorge, cut by the Partnach River about 240 million years ago.  The gorge is over 2,000 feet long, and over 260 feet deep.  And it’s absolutely breathtaking.  But the trails are very wet and very narrow.  (There were some handy signs in German about taking care on the wet paths to avoid a watery death.)  The further into the gorge we went, the more I became convinced that Partnachklamm actually translates to the only thing that stands between you and death are these two metal cables that we installed for decorative purposes only.

I accumulated a lot of adrenaline that day.  But it was worth it.


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