One of the great activities that you can do in Germany on the weekends is a volksmarch. Volks means people. So basically you have a bunch of people walking. We have not done one in a very long time. We use to do them a lot when Amazing Daughter was small. Our favorite one was around Christmas. You would walk at night and carry flashlights. The path was lit with candles. Amazing Daughter was in charge of the flashlight. In her hands, instead of this serene light it looked more like she was landing planes.
This weekend Hubby and I decided why not. You can decide the length of your march. We chose the long one, 13 miles. When you register you get your ‘passport’.
You will carry itwith you throughout the walk.
Our goal was to just enjoy the walk. However, my competitive side started coming out within the first ten minutes. I would see a group right in front of us and I would start to walk faster. Hubby stopped and reminded me this was not a race and we are suppose to be having fun. I am so glad he did. When I stopped competing and just enjoy the walk, the conversation, and the atmosphere of the morning, it was wonderful!
Every three miles they had a ‘kontroll stop’. This is where you could enjoy a beverage, rest, and of course get your passport stamped.
I thought they could have been more unique with their stamps, but hey it worked. At each stop you were stamped.
The trail was well marked for us walkers.
The walk itself was very pleasurable. Here are some of the sights.
It was gorgeous. Now, at the stamping stations we only stopped long enough to get stamped. However, when Hubby saw this…
we had the ‘privilege’ of looking at this big hole in the ground for about five minutes. Boys, and what entertains them.
What I liked were the questions along the route.
The weather was overcast and humid at the start. We finished the 13 miles in a cool refreshing rain in 3 hours and 52 minutes.
There is another one in a couple of weeks in a different area around here. The long route for that is 26 miles. I think were are going to go for it!