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Breakfast

Day two of the meet-up started slowly with everyone taking their time which was exactly what I had hoped for. This was to be a relaxing weekend and that is exactly what it turned out to be!

 

We all had breakfast together and sat around talking for most of the morning. Carla and Walter joined us as well, and Wendy arrived shortly after that straight from a nightshift at work. At around 11.30 we left on the two boats we had rented for the day. They were “fluisterboten” (whispering boats), which basically means that they run on a large battery instead of fuel and are very silent. These are the only types of boats that are allowed in the village centre of Giethoorn apart from boats without an engine all together.

Getting ready to hop in the boats

 

The first boat had 6 people (Eef, Walter, Carla, Tom, Miet and Jacqueline) and a large coolbox (esky) with a picnic lunch, the other boat had seven people (Jan, Wendy, Lieke, Petra, Stefan, Reagan and myself). We decided on the red route which took us through the north of Giethoorn and then to the Bovenwijde, one of the lakes. This is all protected wetlands and we saw and heard lots of different bird species. The weather again was awesome, nice and sunny, sometimes a little bit of wind. Some shirts came off, lots of sunscreen was applied, but some of us still got burned…

We had a stop at the side of one of the waterways we came through (Zuider Stouwe) and had something to drink and eat there.

Carla
Of course we had to take some group pictures so that was done here as well.

In our boat Stefan and I alternated steering the boat, and the few minutes that Jan took over he managed to get us stuck in the lake! The water is not very deep and as there were no markers telling us where to go the propellor on the engine got stuck in the mud, and we weren’t the only ones! I knew then that there was a reason I had put on my bathing suit underneath my clothes… I jumped in and managed to get us unstuck and pushed the boat a little bit. The others had come back to rescue us and of course then they got stuck themselves! We weren’t so nice and continued on to one of the islands in the middle of the lake where we had decided to have another stop to have something to drink and some of the cake I had baked. Reagan and I went for a swim here too, there is actually an area cordoned off for swimming which is very undeep so great for kids. Some more sunscreen was applied (too late!) and we then took the route through the village so we cut off some of the red route.

Jan with the instructions
(Good thing we did we found out later…)

We stopped at a place called ‘t Vonder and sat down for another drink and some had ice cream, courtesy of Jan. Stefan was told to put his shirt back on as apparently this is a classy place… We then got back in the boats to make our way back to Hoeve Montigny. The last bit was very slow going and when we got back to the accommodation and there was no sign of the others we got a bit worried. Not too much though after a phone call, but as the battery on the boat had run out they had to drag the boat the last bit! We had been told that the battery would last for five hours and of course we had been away longer (almost six hours) but we had stopped for a total of at least an hour and a half so we should have had plenty of juice left! Good thing we hadn’t taken the route the whole way around or we would have all been stuck a long way from “home”!

 

When we got back to the accommodation Dennis was waiting for us, he had arrived about twenty minutes earlier.

Stefan and Eef
Sonja arrived as well and the group was complete. We all sat around catching up again. There was a little miscommunication (yes, another one) about shopping but eventually Wendy and Jan went to Steenwijk to get a couple of things I had forgotten to bring and while they did that I made the salads and Dennis got the barbecue started.

We had intended to fire up the barbecue around six but as we got back only a short time before that, the barbecue hadn’t arrived yet and the shopping needed to be done we didn’t actually manage to do that until much later. Unfortunately this meant that Stefan couldn’t eat with us as he had a birthday to go to. I got the impression though that he really enjoyed himself and will join us again at other meet-ups!

The food was cooked by Dennis and enjoyed by all, we didn’t have much left so no leftovers for breakfast! Again we all sat outside for a long time, although Carla and Walter left at 10 and Wendy at 11pm.

Lieke, Walter, Jacqueline, Tom and Miet
Eventually we moved inside and Jan started asking us all sorts of questions, a sort of get to know each other better thing. Questions like: which country would you never travel to and why? Quite interesting actually! Again it was about 2 am before the last ones went to bed…

David says:
Wow! What an awesome meet-up.
Posted on: Jul 07, 2009
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Breakfast
Breakfast
Getting ready to hop in the boats
Getting ready to hop in the boats
Carla
Carla
Jan with the instructions
Jan with the instructions
Stefan and Eef
Stefan and Eef
Lieke, Walter, Jacqueline, Tom and…
Lieke, Walter, Jacqueline, Tom an…
Boat number 1
Boat number 1
Making sure weve got our provisio…
Making sure we've got our provisi…
Jan and Lieke
Jan and Lieke
Boat number 1 is now boat number 2…
Boat number 1 is now boat number …
Boat number 2
Boat number 2
Stefan steering the boat
Stefan steering the boat
Stefan and Tom mooring the boats
Stefan and Tom mooring the boats
Wendy and Eef
Wendy and Eef
Wendy and Eef posing
Wendy and Eef posing
The tower of Steenwijk in the dist…
The tower of Steenwijk in the dis…
Tom and Miet
Tom and Miet
Jan and I, the organisers
Jan and I, the organisers
Getting back in the boats after ou…
Getting back in the boats after o…
Entering the Bovenwijde, where we …
Entering the Bovenwijde, where we…
Zeilpunter in the wind
Zeilpunter in the wind
Mooring the boats on one of the is…
Mooring the boats on one of the i…
Relaxing on the island
Relaxing on the island
Relaxing on the island
Relaxing on the island
The swimming area at the island
The swimming area at the island
Enjoying a drink at t Vonder
Enjoying a drink at 't Vonder
Walter and Tom
Walter and Tom
Wendy, Jan and Stefan with Petra a…
Wendy, Jan and Stefan with Petra …
Boats (in case you hadnt guessed)
Boats (in case you hadn't guessed)
One of the waterways
One of the waterways
Dennis cooking the barbecue
Dennis cooking the barbecue
Waiting for dinner
Waiting for dinner
Eef showing Jan how to fix his cam…
Eef showing Jan how to fix his ca…
Getting food
Getting food
During dinner, Tom going back for …
During dinner, Tom going back for…
Lieke and Dennis
Lieke and Dennis
Nightsky
Nightsky
My testsubject Dennis
My testsubject Dennis
And again!
And again!
Giethoorn
photo by: JP-NED