Altena stellplatz, River LenneJuly 23, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C
Climate Change has us in the grip of yet another heatwave. We are grateful for the River Lenne that runs just a short walk away from our stellplatz. We travel with all foil backed blinds raised to deflect the sun's rays.
After pulling up it has become our standard practice to place the insulating, reflective mats over the cab windows to savour the last bit of cool produced by the air con as we drove. We watch the internal temperature creep up. As it exceeds 30°C we take ice packs out of the freezer and open windows on the shaded side to try and make the most of whatever breeze there might be.
At 35°C reports were coming in of wildfires in Germany and the nearby fire station were proactively dousing trees and foliage. The paving stones on which we were parked were too hot to walk on in bare feet. We accidentally left our crocs outside and returned to find the heat had warped the rubber.
Will made frequent trips to the fast flowing Lenne. He discovered a great trick of walking upriver then lying on his back and floating down to the shallows; a wonderfully cooling journey on which Vicky joined him more than once.
We styed two nights here and on the second day, walked into Altena with a plan to visit its castle. The path leading to it was steep and without shade. This fact together with the entry fee deterred us and we stuck to the relative cool amongst the concrete walls and cobblestones of the lower town. Joining a load of people, we treated ourselves to icecreams at the thriving Eis Café, then a drink in an air conditioned pub.
On the way back we were pleased to find an Asian grocery store and stock up on spices. The rest of the day was spent between the van and the river. We really don't know how people who camp in places like Spain are able to cope in the hot summer months.Read more