Lesson #1: Always consult a map before embarking on a climbing adventure.
We decided to wing it and walk in the general direction of the tower. This resulted in us ending up on the wrong side of the ridge. Instead of going the way everyone else went, we took the most indirect route possible.
This is me exhausted and annoyed that we took the wrong path.
Lesson #2: Don’t let a Biergarten get in the way of your goal.
So we never actually made it up to the tower that Saturday, but we did make it to the café several hundred yards from the tower. The cold drinks were just too tempting, and the rest of the way to the tower was straight up a hill. Can you blame us? The view from the Biergarten was scenic enough for us.
The look of defeat.
Lesson #3: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Since the past weekend was our last in Marburg and we were running out of options, we decided to listen to Kaiser Wilhelm and attempt the climb again. This time we consulted the map for the most direct route.
Unfortunately, the most direct route was also the steepest route.
We (mostly me) needed to stop and rest a lot.
Lesson #4: Don’t forget to check your watch.
We were so immersed in the views and congratulating ourselves that we made it to the top that we neglected to check what time the tower closed. At first we were confused why the door leading to the top of the tower was locked, but upon checking the sign and our watches we realized why. The observation deck had closed five minutes prior. Oh well. We decided the drinks at the tower café were more appealing anyways.
Lesson #5: Always be on the lookout for danger.
And sometimes danger comes in the form of little hands. The father learned this lesson when his glass full of Apfelwein was suddenly knocked over by Penelope’s hand when he turned away, resulting in wet pants for the both of them.