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he Saturday before Father’s Day turned out to be an exciting day for Bob, who is currently back in the States. As he drove into Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania to walk its year-round, 11-kilometer Historic Trail, he spotted a sign for the March-Out of the Continental Army living history program.

Near the end of the walk, at the Muhlenberg Brigade area, there was a campsite for about 30 Revolutionary War-era re-enactors. This group included soldiers, female family members, and Indians from the Oneida Nation. All were dressed in authentic clothes and had period weapons and tools.

One of the most interesting people was a regimental army surgeon. He went into great detail about how he practiced medicine in the 1780s. His medical equipment was modern for the time, but the theory behind the practice of medicine was rather primitive. This was made evident by his jar of leeches that he said he would use for various bleeding procedures.

After completing the walk and getting his IVV books stamped, Bob visited the George Washington Memorial Chapel Cabin Shop for lunch and a quick trip through the used book store. Both buildings are staffed by volunteers who are friendly and very helpful. If you are ever in the Valley Forge area, make sure you do the permanent walks at the park and visit the chapel and the shops.


Tim and Luchi Lynch recently completed — and loved — the 11-kilometer walk in Vianden, Luxembourg, and sent the following report:

"While the trail was long, the sights of the castle and town were well worth the effort. We started in town at river level and gradually got up even with the castle. Up past the first control point we were soon looking down upon the castle. After the second control point, we leveled out and headed back into town. Coming into town was another great view of the castle. This walk was well worth the time and effort, even for folks like us who live 150 kilometers away. We would do it again."

Thanks for reinforcing our belief that this an excellent walk.


This weekend, members of Wanderfreunde Idar-Oberstein hold their 43rd Volksmarch in the nearby town of Weierbach, Germany. The start location for the four trails is at the Hessenstein Halle. The prize this year is a heart-shaped gemstone. They will also have B-medal stones left over from previous walks. A couple of years ago we got a very nice quartz elephant at this walk.

Recently, Maureen McHugh-Castro sent us a note and brochure about the German Gemstone Museum in Idar-Oberstein. She says that she and her husband were greatly impressed by the four-storey museum. They highly recommend a visit. For more information visit:

Miscellaneous notes about this week’s events:

• In addition to a volksmarch, Malsch, Germany, is having a wine festival this weekend.

• The walk in Ehlenz is convenient for the folks in the Spangdahlem and Bitburg areas and is close to the West Wall bunker in Irrel, Germany.

• The German-American Wander Club-München, Germany, is offering B medals this year. Ramona Kechelen says this walk is on a beautiful trail in the forest. She adds that this is an excellent chance to visit Munich.

Now, a few words from Clark Soeldner about walks in Italy:

• The Torreglia walk will be in the hills of the Colli Euganei National Park. This is a real pretty area.

• The Barcis event is a "do not miss" walk. All routes circle the lake, with the longer ones going into the mountains.

E-mail volksmarch information to Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO, AE, 09703-0278.

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