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Published: June 15th 2016
We have a major problem with the crashing of the cell
phone when Gretchen tried to download updates. She spent time last night trying
to chat online with Samsung back in NZ to get a fix to the problem but without
any luck. The best they could offer was to send the phone in for fixing and
they didn’t seem to understand that we weren’t in NZ so therefore sending the
phone into them was mission impossible.
Anyway, life must go on and if we can’t get a fix then we
might have to buy another cell phone to take its place.
Our activity today will be a bit more relaxed than
yesterday when we took a hike in the forest up to Arbersee.
One of the attractions that we have discovered in Lohberg
is the Bayerwald-Tierpark or animal park and it is just down the road from
where we are staying. So instead of a forest walk we will take a stroll down
the hill to the park and then do the circuit to look at the animals which for
the most part represent animals found in the local area.
We had a relaxed morning although
around trying to get the mobile phone working. The after lunch we headed off on
the trail that took us through a couple of meadows and down to the village and
the park entrance.
There were a small number of other people visiting the
park today, mostly young parents with children so there was plenty of room to
stroll along and get the best position to see the various animals on display,
many of them in large natural enclosures.
The animals of most interest to us were the wolves of
which there were about 3 or 4 of them including 2 pups that we could see
playing with each other. There was also a lynx, a cat of medium size with
Among the other animals on display were a large
collection of birds including 3 or 4 different types of owls and reindeer and
We spent a couple of hours walking the whole circuit
which gave us opportunities to see many of the animals from different angles.
The set up was much better than a zoo as the enclosures
looked to be part of the landscape around us especially when
the animals on
display needed room to move around.
Our visit was a very enjoyable experience and well worth
the time and walk down the hill.
Now we had to face the return journey back up the hill!
Thankfully there was a seat every 100 metres or so once
we got to the steepest stretch of the trail and with nothing else to do we took
the opportunity to rest and take in the valley scenic views from each seat.
Gretchen continued to work on trying to sort out her
crashed mobile phone while I settled down to watch France defeat Romania 2-1 in
the opening game of Euro 2016.It wasn’t a bad game to watch although France
didn’t play up to their best.
I toddled off to bed again at 11pm and Gretchen finally
gave up trying to fix the phone today soon afterwards.
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