Happy Easter, everyone! This is a long holiday weekend for many in Europe, or you might even still be on spring break. Either way, there are plenty of walks to attend. Starting Friday, there is at least one walk every day for the next five days. Here is a great chance to see springtime in all of its glory.

But first, so you are not late for any walks, remember that this weekend Europe switches to Daylight Saving Time. Don’t forget to set your clock ahead one hour Saturday night. You’ll get your hour back Oct. 27.

There are no IVV events on the schedule for us this weekend, but we will be doing some walking. We are heading to the Edelweiss Lodge for the weekend and have always wanted to do the Partnach Gorge tour. We hope the weather is nice enough for the tour but cold enough for ice formations. We didn’t have a white Christmas this year, but that doesn’t mean we want a white Easter! Keep your fingers crossed for us.

The Heidelberg International Wandering Club plans a bus trip to France for the volksmarch in Bergholz, followed by a guided walking tour of Colmar, on April 20 (register by April 15). The cost is 40 euros for adults and 25 euros for children. To sign up, contact trip captain Don Casper at

The Kiddie Volksmarch 2013, sponsored by the Heidelberg International Wandering Club, will take place April 27 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

Lammertocht after-action report: It was a great day for walking a couple weeks ago in Margraten, Netherlands. There were 13 of us from the Tri-Border Walking Club who met for the walk. We had a nice mix of new and “old” walkers; blue skies and sunshine; and the baby lambs were so cute and entertaining at the Control Point!

The walk had some areas of intense mud, but it only slowed us down for a little while. All told, we had a wonderful time with both old and new friends walking in a beautiful region of The Netherlands.

With next weekend being the last weekend of spring break, our club did not generate enough interest for a bus trip to the Keukenhof walk April 6. So we’re going to load up on our own and head to Lisse, Netherlands, next Friday and spend the weekend up there. We got rooms at the hotel that is the start of the walk, so we won’t be stressing about finding a parking spot at the start hall. We’ll say more about this event next week.

Last, but certainly not least, we would like to close with a warm, “Auf Wiedersehen,” and “Happy trails,” to Lori and Michael Culbert of the Heidelberg International Wandering Club, as they leave Europe. They have been hard workers in several positions with the HIWC and will be sorely missed. We wish them many more wonderful volksmarches in the future.

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

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