Oops, we did it again! With sunshine predicted for the whole day, we chose a three and a half hour hike (double that for us) from Sassnitz to Lohme. This coastal route is entirely in the Jasmund National Park, with lovely views of the coastline from the top of these amazing cliffs. The er…uhm…official coastal route…We could not wait to see the shore, so took the first wooden steps down, and had this amazing view of the chalk cliffs.
This view of the same part of the cliffs can be seen from above. A few metres more and then the next flight of steps going down, to a little gorge called the Piratenschlucht (Pirate Gorge). This was apparently the hide-out of a famous pirate called Klaus Störtebecker. Sorry, no gold coins found…
We stayed on the coast. Look at all the obstacles in our way! It did not look so bad from a distance, but as we got nearer, it was obvious that we had to crawl under these trees (at different points), or climb over. Or paddle in the water. We crawled on all fours!
H.E.L.P! Landslide ahead! Again, it did not look threatening from our viewpoint, and we were now getting used to overcoming obstacles…ahem…We could definitely not turn back now, so we crawled over more dead branches, scrambled over soft, unstable and crumbling earth…Scary…but we made it!
If we had walked up on the cliff as we were supposed to be doing, we wouldn’t have had the pleasure of this amazing view. It is scary and very imposing walking under these! Look at the trees dangling on the edges. A huff and a puff and they would certainly fall over and come crashing down. Oooh…the excitement and the rush! Also on the left photo we´re nearing the landslide…Oh boy!
Feeling like ants looking at this imposing cliff. It is HUGE, and all eyes were on every point, in case of crumbling…More loss of beady water 😉
Look at these babies! Grandioso!
Rocks ‘n boats
…and oh-oh-oh-no! Another landslide…
…Olympic hurdles. Up to now everything went well, when suddenly, at the last hurdle, panting and puffing, yours truly sunk knee deep into the very sticky mud. See the proof on the right photo. IT. WAS. SCARY. Thankfully, with a lot of muscle power (No, not mine. Thank you my Superhero! ), the very stuck-in-the-mud foot could be pulled out, and without losing the shoe. Geez, wonder how much deeper I would have sunk…
We climbed up those steps. FAST! But we’re still close to the edge over here (well, not the phobic breathless shaking one 😉 wink-wink…)
Look at this! Shrubs and berries growing on the side of the cliff (left). The one on the right shows the spectacular view from the Kollicker point towards the Wissower shore in the foreground, and the Gakower shore. This is postcard perfect!
Tarzan, the daring one with the camera, is virtually dangling over the cliffs! He is standing on a platform at Victoriasicht (Victoria view), which is precariously jutting out at least two metres, and over nothing! It’s a long way down…but beautiful…
Yep, we walked down these. Again. Do NOT be fooled by the red kiddie’s bicycle parked so nicely at the bottom of these steps. There are 412 of them! (Steps, not bicycles) It says so on a wooden board at the top, warning you that it is quite strenuous, so please be sure you want to descend. We were sure. It’s only 412, so how bad can it be. Ha! Going down was sort of easy (knees ow-ow), but going back UP! They must’ve miscalculated, because we definitely ‘puff-puff’ counted ‘pant-pant’ more! It WAS strenuous, especially for the short-legged one, who had trouble keeping her upper body vertical! And then to crown it all, the red bicycle owner just whizzed past, babbling and not even out of breath. GEEZ!
After all that exciting adventure, we finally arrived in Lohme, and paid a visit to friends, who kindly drove us back to Sassnitz, to pick up our car. On the way we stopped at this pedestrian bridge leading down to the harbour of Sassnitz. OMG! It is high!
Proof that I fought my demons and walked on that OMG snake!!! Okay, so I was holding tightly onto very helpful arms, and my knuckles were white, but I am STANDING! and with a smile…So there! Nyeh-nyeh! :-p