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19 May: Clothing optional hike in the Wahn Heath, Germany [21 May 2018]
We had the feeling, that we had done everything right, because the weather turned out to be the most beautiful on the way to the meeting point near Rösrath. But at 12:30 pm, half an hour before the meeting, it became overcast rapidly. But only to give way to sunshine at 1 pm precisely. The few remaining clouds made sure that it got pleasantly warm, but without bright sunshine. A very happy omen.
Twelve participants – 8 men, 4 women – had enrolled and no trouble at all, to find the starting point, so that the "clothing away and let's enter the heaath!" was called out shortly after 1 pm
First we went, past large areas with lush yellow flowering broom, from the parking lot "Busenberg" via the Brand path slightly downhill towards "Geisterbusch" [en: "Ghosts' Bush"] and from there via the "November" to the "Herfeld". Unfortunately, the water buffalos were not on the pasture at the "Geisterbusch", but I was sure, that we would see them later.
At the "Herfeld", I decided to go to the left first to make a big right turn. So, we could enjoy the pleasant temperatures, take a look at the east-west landing and runway of the Cologne / Bonnairport every now and then, and discover a few highlights of the Wahn Heath: I.a. the only woodland sage (Salvia nemorosa, Salvia sylvestris) far and wide – at least 50 square kilometres – the blooming cotton grass (Eriophorum), the first visible sundews (Drosera), a royal fern (Osmunda), wild thyme (Thymus), wild yellow irises etc. We saw a kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), while the croaking of the frogs accompanied us.
Once at the top, we met a larger group of nordic walkers group, who were just warming up …
Read on the whole report as to this hike on 19 May (PDF, in German) – Author: Günther