Vosges - Day 4 : Le Petit Ballon
While packing my gear I made soup and ate some more granola. It still tasted strange, almost like gasoline. I felt better after another good meal, but the snow was still very deep and fluffy. I definitely wasn't prepared to walk through such deep snow. I took some pictures to show how deep the snow was (and accidentally put my camera on sepia mode).
I arrived at a national park. It was very pretty, at first it was just a normal forest but higher up it turned into a thick pine forest.
I got some more water at a nearby river. The higher I got the less trees there were and the more snow, fortunately it was more solid there. Eventually I reached Langenfeld kopf where I took a break to enjoy the view.
The path went downhill before going up towards the Petit Ballon, the smaller sister of the Grand Ballon I had visited earlier. It was very steep and I again felt hungry.
At the summit I saw a town exactly on the other side of the mountain, as I had expected. There was also only one road going down. I started descending, which took longer than expected and made my knees hurt. After a few hours I arrived in Lautenbach where I looked for a store. There was only a pizza stand and the local bank didn't accept my credit card. I guess it was pretty dumb of me not to carry more cash, but it did add to the adventure. The nearest ATM was in Buhl, which was 10 km in the wrong direction.
I still had enough granola and cookies for a few days so decided to only buy a can of coke and then walk to Munster. After a few kilometers I made it back in the forests. There were again enough rivers to quench my thirst. Most of the forest consisted of backyards of the local houses, making it hard to find a place to sleep. After a while I found a secluded area that was not on private land. It was the first flat piece of ground I had seen during my entire hike.