Volksmarch column, June 28
Happy Fourth of July on Wednesday! We understand that some military communities will celebrate the holiday this weekend, while others will next weekend. We hope you have a lot of fun both weekends and add a volksmarch or two to the festivities. • For an excellent walk Saturday, head to Vianden, Luxembourg, and walk through some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe. The 6-, 11- and 15-kilometer routes start from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Starting time for the 20- or 30-km trails ends at 1 p.m. Marathon walkers can start between 6 and 9 a.m. After the walk, be sure to visit the castle.• Located in the history-rich Ardennes, the Belgian walk in Hünningen-Büllingen has been an excellent event in the past. The doors open at 6:30 a.m. at the Zaal Concordia in Hünningen on Saturday and Sunday. Trail distances vary from 7 to 50 kilometers. As you walk through the countryside, keep an eye out for the many monuments dedicated to the U.S. forces that fought there in WWII.• Sunday’s walk in Lichtenwald, Germany, is a Stamm-tisch event for the Stuttgart German-American Wandering Club. Look for their blue club flag in the start hall. Speaking of Stuttgart, the club is hosting its 37th Annual Volksmarch on July 28-29. This year the event offers 6-, 13- and 23-kilometer trails through the hilly terrain of Stuttgart. The 6-km will be stroller-friendly. The start hall is in Heumaden, out past the TV Tower in Degerloch. Starting times are Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, including a printable version of the flier and driving coordinates, please go to sgawc.org. To volunteer, email Melissa.Rodeffer@gmail.com. Bob attended this walk last year and had a great time. The route was hilly but not too bad. The best time was spent at the start with the great members of the SGAWC. Good food, good friends and good volksmarching stories make a wonderful combination. The walk in Wiesbaden Sunday is in the Klarenthal district on the west side of town. Start the 6- and 10-kilometer routes between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the 20-kilometer route between 7 a.m. and noon. Finish time for all routes is 5 p.m.Not too far from the Kaiserslautern Military Community is the event in Schwollen, near Baumholder. They are offering routes from 6- to 50-kilometers, which start at 6 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. They also have a unique prize in a gemstone swan. We love our stone elephants we picked up at a walk in the area a few years ago.If you can get off work next Wednesday – July 4 - the walk in Bad Dürkheim should be fun. Be sure to try a little bit of the local wine. The start and finish is at the Weingut Kurt Lang.
Email volksmarch information to email@example.com. Mail brochures to Bob and Lorraine Huffaker, CMR 460, Box 278, APO AE 09752.