Volksmarch column, March 22
This weekend, Europe switches to Daylight Saving Time. Don’t forget to set your clock ahead one hour Saturday night before you go to bed, or you’ll be late to your favorite volksmarch Sunday! You’ll get your hour back Oct. 28.
• Have you been to any Easter Markets yet? We are going to the one in Trier on Saturday and then to the walk in Luxembourg City on Sunday. This way, we’ll earn the Luxembourg stamp for our Europa Cup booklets. We did this walk through the old city in the snow a few years ago. It will be nice to see the city in the spring. The start is at the Hall Victor Hugo on Avenue Victor Hugo in the Limpertsberg district, northwest of the city center. Doors open at 7 a.m., and you can walk 6, 12 or 20 kilometers.
• As much as we are looking forward to the Easter market and the walk in Luxembourg, we will miss some other good events. One will be Sunday’s Dead Man’s Ridge Walk honoring the 17th Airborne Division in Houmont, Belgium. This is a historical walk and is not an IVV-sanctioned event. If you are familiar with the Bastogne historical walks, you will find this similar. There will be re-enactors in uniform with weapons and vehicles from the Battle of the Bulge. After a 9 a.m. wreath-laying ceremony, in which new monuments will be dedicated to the 17th Airborne Division and the 11th Armored Division, the walk will start at about 9:30 a.m. Routes will be 7 or 17 kilometers, covering the route of the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment through the towns of Houmont, Magerotte and Hubermont. Drinks will be provided.
• We imagine the walk in Hahnstätten, Germany, will be beautiful. This event starts at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and offers routes of 5, 10, 20 and 42 kilometers.
• This weekend’s volksmarch in Bodelshausen is a Stammtisch walk for the Stuttgart club. Look for their blue flag at the start hall and say “Hi.” Saturday’s start is between noon and 4 p.m. Start between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m Sunday. The routes are 5 and 10 kilometers.
• Closer to our home in The Netherlands, the walk in Puth is a very popular event. We have done this one several times, so even though it is a very nice walk, we’d rather travel farther afield to earn our Luxembourg IVV stamp. If you want to walk in Puth, the doors open at 7 a.m. and the routes range from 7 to 50 kilometers. This is a great way to see part of the beautiful Limburg region of The Netherlands.
• Kiddie Volksmarch 2012. This event is sponsored by the Heidelberg International Wandering Club and will take place April 28, at Patrick Henry Village. It does not provide IVV credit, but is meant to introduce younger walkers to volksmarching. The club is looking for donations of kid-appropriate prizes to award each child that participates. While you are doing your spring cleaning, if you find any old prizes you would like to donate, or if you would like to volunteer or participate with your child, contact Rob Floyd at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email volksmarch information to email@example.com. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO AE 09752.