Volksmarch column for June 16
It’s Father’s Day weekend, and we have a message to the dads out there: Sleeping late is highly overrated!A volksmarch is an excellent way to get some fresh air, exercise and spend quality time with the family. • This weekend involved careful planning for us. Bob had two things on his priority list that fell on this weekend. First is the International Militaria Show at La Gleize, Belgium. This is a large, outdoor military flea market with vendors from all over Europe. It is also the weekend for the Bad Kreuznach volksmarch. Lorraine has wanted to return since she had a conference there several years ago. Bob has always wanted to see the bridge with the houses.So, with our trusty GPS, we will head to La Gleize on Saturday morning and work our way over to Bad Kreuznach in the afternoon. We hope to be there early enough to explore the town.Sunday morning we’ll do the volksmarch and then return home. • This weekend’s event in Kordell is convenient for walkers in the Eifel region of Germany. It is a Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning event for IVV credit only.• Clark Soeldner sent us this note: “The mountain walk in Giazzara di Trambileno (Italy) is one of my personal favorites. I’d strongly suggest an early arrival as parking is limited and this is a very popular event.”• In April, the Heidelberg International Wandering Club took a bus trip to the volksmarch in Orscholz, Germany. Trip captains Frank and Colleen Dun-frund sent us a report, which we have summarized:“The trip to Orscholz and Mettlach was great. The weather was clear — a little cool — but very pleasant. We had a good walk with a spectacular view of the Saar River’s 180-degree bend and had a chance to sample some of the local wines and schnapps at the overlook. The 10-kilometer trail took us through the village while the longer trail traversed the woods. The walk was very enjoyable. “After the walk we went to Mettlach for the promised shopping spree. There were a couple of hours to spend in Mettlach, and the club spent them well. The pedestrian zone was short, but very pleasant. Some of us shopped for clothes and other things, others went to the brewery, and most sampled the local restaurants and ice cream. While the primary attractions were the Lands’ End and Villeroy & Boch outlets, there was also a Birkenstock shoe outlet that was popular.“In addition to the above, Mettlach also has an old castle, permanent walking trails and a friendly tourist information office. It would be a good place for a day trip.”Thanks, Frank and Colleen, for the report. We have been to Mettlach and know how much fun the shopping can be. With Bad Kreuznach being crossed off the “Places We Have To Volksmarch” list this week, we’ll have to put Orscholz up near the top.Thanks to the following who have kept our mailroom workers on the ball: William Castro and Maureen McHugh-Castro; Michael and Michelle Connor; Cath and Rob Floyd; Richard and Donna Glenn; Wayne Henry; Ramona and Horst Kechelen; John, Mary and Tess Laub; Tim and Luchi Lynch; “Pat” and Cheryl Patterson; Rick and Wanda Sciascia; and Nancy Shawley.E-mail volksmarch information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09752.