Paddling down the Linth Kanal

Today we decided to paddle down the 18 km of the Linth Kanal between the Walensee and the Lake Zurich. It was nice, a bit like a stroll but on water. Helped by the current, it took only 2 ½ hours to get from Weesen downstream to Schmerikon.

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Family hike to the Carschina Hut

10 km, 200 m up, 600 m down
Bärgli – Carschinasee – Carschinahütte – Partnunsee – Partnun – St. Antönien

This is an easy 4-hour family hike in the impressive Rätikon mountain area. We did the same hike one month ago and thought that such alpine beauty needed to be shared.

Silvia also joined our scenic bus ride up to 2000 m altitude but then took the bus back down. The rest of the family started to walk. The weather was not as sunny as forecasted, but the clouds and the mist made the scenery look dramatic.

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Ny-Hellesund

In the afternoon, after spending a pleasant morning at the picturesque Stokken island, we sailed for a short distance into the very pretty Norwegian archipelago to reach Ny-Hellesund Bay. Nature here is so stunningly beautiful and seemingly unspoiled. It is like yoga for my mind to sail through this landscape (or what I imagine yoga to be for my mind).

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Stokken Island

Mid-afternoon we left Thyborøn for another rocky passage, this time to Norway. We were blown fast toward Kristiansand, our approximate destination, by a strong wind. The waves pushed me just to the limit of sea sickness again. Next morning, the wind stopped, paused for an hour, and then started blowing from the opposite direction but with the same force of up to 6 Beaufort (22 knots, 40 km/h). We were fortunate to have about two hours left to sail only.

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Thyborøn

Thyborøn, the last pit stop in Denmark before sailing to Norway.

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Hvide Sande to Thorsminde

Hvide Sande (DNK) to Thorsminde (DNK) / 25 nautical miles / 5 hours

Today, unlike the days before, the sailing was pleasant, short and less wavy – great. We sailed up north the Danish coast to get a bit closer to Norway.

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Breakfast Unusual

Vlieland (NED) to Hvide Sande (DNK) / 218 nautical miles / 42 hours

The first few hours were easy. We left Vlieland, soon after crossed the rather busy traffic separation scheme – a sort of highway on the water – and prepared the sesame noodle salad for diner.

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Sailing with Marius

Makkum – Harlingen – Vlieland / 24 nautical miles / 6 hours

This year again, Marius gave me the opportunity to join him for a cruise on SY Maranea. This year, too, I was more than happy to answer his call.

The plan is to sail Maranea (live map) from Makkum in the Netherlands to Kristiansand (or Mandal) in Norway. Weather permitting, there will be about 310 nautical miles to sail north, preferably in one stretch to give us some time to sail the southern coast of Norway we heard so many sailers rave about. So the route is set, the “exotic” food items stowed aboard, and the first hearty meal digested. Off we go…

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Meersburg to Konstanz by Bike (not quite)

Today’s plan was to bike from Meersburg to Konstanz, another part of the Lake Constance (or Bodensee in German) cycle path. We are “en route” to bike around the Bodensee. Slowly but surely, the entire 260 km Bodensee cycle path!

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An Alpine Stroll

7 km, 200 m up, 550 m down
Bärgli – Carschinasee – Carschinahütte – Partnun

This is a lazy alpine hike, a stunning alpine experience with little sweat, or a mountain experience for the inexperienced (one still needs basic fitness and appropriate equipment). Just a day before, Yasuko found out that there is a bus leaving Sankt Antönien (1’460 m) to a dwelling called Bärgli (2’140 m). This is a 20-minute bus ride that covers, to my delight, the first 700 meters in altitude. From Bärgli, it’s just a one-hour hike to the famous Carschina hut situated in the Rätikon, right next to the Austrian border and also the trail-head to many great hikes and a couple of via ferratas.

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