Walking in a winter wonderland
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January 9th, 2009 – by: freudianspud
Now, about four to five days later, everything's still white. Since a friend and I are going to walk the West Highland Way this summer, we try to train frequently. Fortunately, we got two chances this week to go walking in the snow. It was breathtaking. On wednesday we did a sort of treasurehunt, where you get GPS starting coordinates and have to puzzle your way from one coordinate to the next.
Then last friday, we went down to Rijen to find a stretch of woods. We ended up at the Baronie, a gorgeous piece of nature in between Rijen and Dorst. My friend had brought a map and we decided on following a path that had been set through the better part of the woods. Eventually we noticed that the colours on the map didn't necessarily correspond with the colours we found on the path, but it was a beautiful walk none the less.
Since it was a recreational area, we soon stumbled onto the 'Swimming Paradise'. Again, the lake was frozen solid and the beach was glistening white. It was beautiful. We spent a good three hours walking and taking pictures before heading home. On the way to the trainstation we bought something to eat at a bakery where we also got some complimental hot chocolate.
All in all it was an awesome day that I would've otherwise spent inside, probably playing some game or watching a movie. I'm glad we were able to go while everything still looked like it did, rather than the grey sludge snow tends to become after a while. We're not really used to this over here, so I'm thankful that we were able to experience it at least once more. Good times.
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