A day without rain is sparse these past few weeks. So when I saw in the weather app this Saturday would be relatively warm and dry, I suggested to the Man and Daughter to go for a walk. Daughter preferred the woods this time, so I searched for a route of about five kilometers. The past few weeks there was a big problem with too many people wanting to walk through the woods and too few parking spaces. Therefore I figured our best bet would be to leave early. So around 9:30 we were ready to go and after half an hour driving north, we were in the Leuvenumse bossen. I was right. There was still plenty of parking space for our car. Just after ten we started walking. When we came back around noon, people were waiting in their cars for others to leave. So yeah, I’m happy we went early and it was a wonderful route.
Daughter’s teachers had two ‘studiedagen’, days during which the teachers work, but not teach. Don’t ask me what they do during those days. School’s all still a mystery to me. Two school free days gave us the opportunity to plan a long weekend just the three of us. This summer we had plenty of fun trips, but it involved other family members. Lots of interaction, little quiet time. Therefore I loved they idea of spending a few days with just us three. A friend of ours owns a holiday home just outside Maastricht, on the Belgian side of the border and we rented that for three nights. As the weather was terrific (around 24ºC in the afternoon) we went hiking.
Last week I bought Daughter proper hiking shoes and she walked almost all of it by herself (except for a tiny speck when her parents kept pushing her to keep on walking, but she burst into tears. In hindsight she had a fever, as she came down with a cold). On our Valkenburg hike my watch clocked about 10KM. I applaud Daughter’s stamina.
The south of Limburg is a fantastic area for hiking. Hills, specks of forest mixed with fields, castles and old well kept farms. It is completely the opposite of the area I live in (or grew up in). If work would allow it, this is an area I’d gladly move to.