What will you find at the MyWanderfulLife trekking blog?
Glad you found your way here! On the trekking blog we are sharing the wonderful things we experience on our treks. It’s about stories and experiences, our ups and downs on tour, but also about compiling important information and tips. One of our main focuses is always hiking with a four-legged friend, because our dog always comes along. We are sure that you will find some interesting information for your next hike among our articles. Have fun reading!
When I first went hiking with a backpack and tent in 2009, after one week in the nature of Scotland, I realized that I had not even once thought about my everyday life at home. This had never happened before so intensively in any vacation and from that the fascination for trekking tours grew in me. To these days, I like the reduced nature of trekking and the connection with nature in places that can only be reached on foot.
Since the Scotland vacation I try to get as far away from civilization as possible at least once a year. I quickly came across Lapland in my search for new vacation destinations. In 2012 I hiked there on the Kungsleden for the first time and although I had to give up my tour for health reasons, the trekking fever had taken hold of me. Numerous other tours followed.
I am the one who drives the planning for us. For hours I can look for the most beautiful tours, most charming huts and best bus connections. As we all know, anticipation is the greatest joy and I experience it intensively when planning. However, especially when researching what awaits us on a trip, I always have difficulty finding reliable information. Especially regarding trekking with a dog there is still very little information. At the same time, it is even more important to plan properly, when you’re on tour with your four-legged friend. Small example: on a hiking trail marked on the map I assume that I can go over the listed bridges. Whether my dog can also cross the bridge, however, remains uncertain to me. We have experienced several times that doing so was not possible.
Over the years, I have gained a lot of experience and have become much better at planning and assessing the conditions. And anyone who has already done a trekking tour knows: good planning and good gear will definitely improve the experience out there! On this trekking blog I would like to share my experiences and tours with you and make the research for your next tour a little easier.
On a weekend trip on the Eifelsteig in 2014 I (re)discovered the joy of being outside. Soon thereafter I spent some weekends in the great forest of Fontainebleau and some nights in the forests of the Eifel.
In nature – alone or with friends – the problems of everyday life often fade into the background. The mind becomes free for new ideas and there is room for the curiosity to discover and the urge to play. I also enjoy strolling around off the beaten track, where there is usually much more to discover.
I can best meet the urge to be in nature on tours lasting for several days. Very extensively, all day and all night long, this is in Europe almost only possible in the almost untouched wilderness areas of Northern Europe. Since 2017 I have been spending my holidays in the far north of Lapland. Here Katharina and I walked the first part of the Kungsleden from Abisko to Vakkotavare together in 2017. The second section from Jäckvik to Saltoluokta followed in 2018 – towards the end of the season and already much less frequented.
In 2019 we were moving away from the busy Kungsleden and have planned our own tour following the border between Sweden and Norway. You will now find all these adventures on our trekking blog. Have fun reading!
When Lando joined our family as a puppy in 2013, he certainly had no idea what adventures we would take him on. All the better that he visibly enjoys going on journeys with us! He is a real adventurer: the smaller and steeper the path the better. However, if the road leads only straight ahead, he quickly gets bored and complains about it with loud whining.
When Lando sees bridges over rivers on our tours he is eager to climb them! If this is not possible, he also swims longer distances through the cold river water. We are always amazed how brave he is. A hut in sight at the end of a long day on the other side increases his motivation considerably, too! After all, he has learned that he can sleep on soft blankets there without the annoying mosquitoes! However, when he doesn’t feel like doing something, he is as stubborn as a donkey and has enormous endurance. We lovingly call it the donkey mode.
Lando is a mix of golden retriever and standard poodle, in other words, a goldendoodle. He loves people, is generally super extroverted, therefore likes to be around hustle and bustle and also has a distinct weakness for water!