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For a walk convenient to the Kaiserslautern Military Community this weekend, head to Oberauerbach, Germany, about 25 kilometers southwest of Landstuhl. You can hit the doors at the Sportheim when they open at 7 a.m., then take your time strolling the 5-, 10- or 20-kilometer trails. A B-medal will be the prize.

Sunday, we probably will be at the walk in Nuth, Netherlands. It’s very convenient to the base at Schinnen. Nuth is also where the Lions Club had its culinary walk earlier this spring. We saw some beautiful old farms and a lot of wide-open countryside on that walk. We look forward to going back.

Here’s another event to add to your calendars. The Wanderfreunde Miesau will host a walk in Bruchmühlbach, Germany, Sept. 15-16. This will be very convenient for folks in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. The Miesau club is a strong supporter of the Ramstein Roadrunners, and many of the Roadrunners will be there, walking and volunteering.

If you haven’t done a walk in the Netherlands yet, consider joining the Heidelberg International Wandering Club for its trip to Arnhem on Aug. 25-26. Club members will drive up Saturday and spend the night in Arnhem. Sunday morning they’ll do the walk in the nearby town of Loenen and then head back to Heidelberg. If you are interested, contact Don Casper at Decide soon, because the bus will fill quickly for this event. Besides, if the famous HIWC “rolling champagne breakfast” isn’t on your bucket list, it should be.

While we’re talking about Heidelberg, in the past, the annual volksmarch has fallen on the same weekend as either the castle illumination or the Heidelberg Herbst Fall festival. This year, neither event falls on the weekend of Sept. 8-9. This means you’ll be able to focus the whole weekend on the volksmarch. It’s easy to volunteer. Sign up on the Heidelberg club’s web page, We have our hotel reservations already, so see you in Heidelberg!

Ann Kathy Reed tells us that the Stuttgart club’s bus trip to Munich on June 30, was “hot — but a success nonetheless.” They won several door prizes, some they raffled off on the bus ride home and some will be kept for their Christmas party. Ann sends many thanks to Dal, Laine and Paul for making the trip so memorable.

Stuttgart’s next scheduled bus trip is to Heidelberg on Sept. 8. The club is looking at the possibility of a trip to Frankenstein’s Castle for Halloween. Keep up with their activities at

We understand the Stuttgart walk was a big success again this year. Even with the threat of rain lingering, the event attracted almost 1200 walkers. Way to go, Stuttgart! Special thanks to all the folks who volunteered and made it a success!

Good luck to Rob and Cath Floyd from the Heidelberg club as they are off in Berchteschgaden trying to complete the 160-kilometer Alpen Weitwandering. That is a lot of kilometers, even on flat terrain, and a walk with “Alpen” in the title is not going to be flat! Rob and Cath, let us know how it went.

A couple weeks ago we went to a walk in Maasmechelen, Belgium. You have often read about us getting fresh fruit and vegetables at walks, well this time we saw a farmer selling fresh cherries and strawberries. We bought both, and while the strawberries were very good, the cherries were fabulous. Now we are on the lookout for more cherries! We mention this because not only are these vendors a great source for fresh fruit and veggies but also because your purchases help support a local farmer. It might even save you a trip to the commissary.

Email volksmarch information to Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO AE 09752.

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