The city of Munich is known worldwide for its annual Oktoberfest. Munich is more than just a city to drink beer in. It is steeped in history. Munich has been the seat of power of the Bavaria since the 1200s. For centuries, Munich was the home to House of Wittelsbach which was one of the longest ruling houses in Europe. After World War I, the city would play a role in the Nazi’s rise to power. It earned its place in the horrors of World War II. After WWII, the city was occupied by the US and rebuilt.
Starting in early May, over 200 people arrive to work in Mount Rainier National Park. These people come from all over the world to spend the summer in the Park. These people live and work on the mountain. They are split between the National Park Inn, Paradise Inn, and Sunrise Visitor Center. The staff comes from different walks of life; the college students, the park bums, and the retires looking for something to do.
A cold wind slams into me as I walk out the Keflavik International Airport. I am actually in Iceland and it’s early February. I unlock my rental car and program my Reykjavik hostel into my GPS unit. I would have brought my own car, but considering I had only recently got it, I thought this time around, renting a car would be for the best. Saying this, I do have trips I want to go on and if it wasn’t for doing research into dealerships like Conklin Chevrolet, I probably wouldn’t even have a car and the idea of a road trip wouldn’t be possible! Anyway, I have my hostel for tonight book and have to return the rental car in two and half weeks. I am about to embark on a winter road trip in Iceland without a plan. I have a 10 item bucket list of things I want to do.
Dachau. Until the Nazi’s takeover of Germany, it was a small town with an artist colony. In 1933, the Nazi’s would forever link Dachau with their reign of terror. Dachau was more than a concentration camp. It was the master plan for all other concentration camps. Like many visitors to Dachau, I arrived via the U-Bahn train station from the city of Munich. I was then planning on taking a bus to the camp.
The feeder is currently empty, but I know with a little patience, I am sure I will be rewarded. I quietly unpack my camera gear and set up my tripod. Out of the corner of my eye, I see a blue streak fly by. Gotta! There goes the reason I hike the Valley of Cocora and the Acaime Natural Reserve.