Breath in fresh air, exercise outside, hike on small and quiet trails, listen to the sounds in the woods, view the magnificent scenery of mountains, watch waves breaking near the beach, be on your own or share the experience with friends. If you love hiking, you know what I’m talking about. Outside and onto a hiking trail I do not get often enough, but I do write about it every now and then – and looking at pictures of past hiking trips is like being on a small holiday. I hope it is for your as well.
Maybe the influence of not so sunny weather was having an effect on me, maybe I was just too busy looking after the kids, or many other maybes… but the Rhine Falls, the supposedly impressive and great falls near Schaffhausen in Switzerland, were a definite “Reinfall” (bummer, flop) for me.
The numbers are impressive indeed, and they make the Rhine Falls the biggest falls in Europe (by water volume):
Width of the Rhine Falls: 150 metres
Height of the Rhine Falls: 23 metres
Depth of basin: 13 metres
Age of the Rhine Falls: app. 15.000 years
Capacity of flow in summer: app. 600.000 litres per second
Capacity of flow in winter: app. 250.000 litres per second.
However, numbers only don’t really impress me that much, I need to see for myself. While spending a family holiday at a great campsite near Lake Constance we drove all the way to Schaffhausen, Switzerland, to have a closer look at those falls. The result was rather disillusioning, or more in the direction of something like really disappointing. Continue reading “A Bit Of A “Reinfall”, The Rhine Falls”
After 1,5 days on Fehmarn (first part of this post) it already felt like a longer holiday. Walking with heavy backbag was a lot better than anticipated. The big question remaining is: will strained Achilles tendons send me home early?
Off I set from Lemkenhafen, after a revitalising extended lunch break the aim was to get to Strukkamphuk at the Southern end of Fehmarn. There I wanted to check fitness level and decide whether to continue walking today or start chilling at a nearby camping site. One of the first beautiful sights was – for a change – not related to water. It was a wonderful field of marguerites (I think – am not a botanical expert), speckled with the occasional red poppy. I was not the only one being impressed by that sight. Two young, pretty girls, standing in the field, enjoyed a photo shooting session with their mobiles.
Ever since having spent two weeks camping on Fehmarn the “island of sunshine” has been tempting me to go for a longer walk near its shores. Now, finally, I have enjoyed three days of sunshine, exercise and the Baltic Sea.
For quite a while I had nurtured the thought of hiking on Fehmarn, well known for its very sunny and mild climate. When the chance of a long weekend away from kids and family came up I immediately cancelled everything showing up in the calendar and started packing.
“Do you really think this is a good idea?”, was one of the questions in my direction. The background to this doubtful asking: My gear was way too heavy for one person (e.g. tent for three people – but I love having that space), temperatures were increasing steadily, and Achilles tendons on both feet still troubled me seriously. Same as the broken little toe on the left foot. Ah well, they’ll be safe in the hiking boots, I thought…
Sometimes, unplanned stuff is pretty good. This is not something I have just learned today.
However, this morning, just before leaving for dropping off the little one at her kindergarten an idea crossed my mind. After waving her Good Bye I would go directly to the library. The time until it opens I could spend having a wake-up morning walk.
Millions of people could, only a small percentage manages to do it. It is indeed rather easy to spend an afternoon in the forest. Also for me?
Am still struggling with my breakfast, had too much coffee, or not enough tea, my feet are cold, need to do the washing up, and what about lunch? Wasn’t it supposed to be raining this afternoon? Quite a lot of things (excuses, namely) can stop me from a wonderful time in the forest. Looking at it more honestly, there is only one major hurdle to be taken: the doorstep. Continue reading “Sunny Afternoon In The Forest”
Spending five days in St. Peter-Ording – this certainly sounded like having fun. Hiking in the muds of the Wadden Sea, building sandcastles and letting the kids’ kite fly high. Well, that was the plan.
The North Sea and its beaches have their very own enchanting atmosphere – also, and especially, in autumn. Funnily enough, this inspirational thought is not something I came up with as the only person in the world, as restaurants and bars were still rather crowded. Lots of people walking along the sandy beach, showing themselves and everyone else around: We do like water, we do like the sea, even when it all is a bit colder in autumn.