National Geographic : 1955 Jul
+ Rhine Steamer Carries Hostelers Up a Storied Stream In Cologne the author met eight Senior Girl Scouts from Sacramento, California. To gether they traveled along the Rhine into Switzerland. Here at Bad Godesberg the girls await the steamer which will take them to Koblenz. Aboard ship they listened to the lusty singing of German holi dayers, admired the vineyards lining the banks, and gazed on turreted castles topping cliffs along the stately river. English boys with packs at right were hiking through Germany. + Nylon Poncho Does Double Duty "Bad weather plagued me from the German border to Frankfurt," Mr. Nettis reports. "Of course everyone told me such weather was most unusual. "In this batlike costume I felt like something out of Dante's Inferno, but it proved most practical. The lightweight nylon poncho doubles as a ground cloth or shelter half for sleeping." Here the author wheels his bike beside the Rhine near Bop pard. Terraced vineyards climb the bank on the far shore.