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Hiking the Karlsruher Grat

Next to the village of Ottenhöfen starts the trail towards the Karlsruher Grat in the Black Forest. The surrounding peaks were still covered in mist when we approached the trail head right next to a stone pit. Luckily, it cleared up pretty much for the day once we started the hike. The trail ascents at Edelfrauengrab alongside a little creek with plenty of beautiful waterfalls. Shortly before the ridge, a self-service bar has been set up with a wide variety of local Schnapps. Being on the way up, we resisted the temptations of specialties such as Topinambur- and Blutwurzschnapps and

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Mushroom hunting!

Today I went mushroom hunting. I was riding my bike to the forests around Berlin to enjoy one of the last summer days when i noticed that i was already quite close to a chanterelle spot! However, it was pretty obvious that somebody else has been there shortly before me – there were some traces of picked and left mushrooms and, unfortunately, hardly any chanterelles. I looked very careful, and found a total of 7! Here are all of them. Luckily, i also found 2 rather large Birkenpilze (birch boletus), so it was at least enough to add some mushroom

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Growing mushrooms in a box

Last winter, I finally tried out one of the mushroom growing boxes. What kept me from doing this earlier was the weight – with ~10kg it seemed quite heavy to move around. However, since mushroom hunting season is usually quite short around Berlin, we aimed at extending it a bit with the box. It promises multiple mushroom harvesting waves for about 4 months. The boxes are available with different kind of spores and i decided for the so rather regular Steinchampignons. After setting it up, adding some water, and waiting a couple weeks, the first mushrooms emerged quickly. Just a

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