‘Moorweg Gamperfin’ is a short trail leading through the high moor of Gamperfin, an ecosystem of national importance.
Along the way, info-signs teach the interested hiker about the local flora and fauna, and why it’s important to conserve.
- To protect the animals and plants in the moor, it is forbidden to leave the designated paths.
For reasons unbeknownst to man, and certainly unrelated to my having taken up or intensified jogging and hiking this year (Jogging from 0 to 30 minutes last year, to 90 minutes twice a week this year) – My knees hurt.
We still wanted to go hiking, but to not provoke a real injury, we went with a short and easy route. Luckily, it wasn’t too hot and there was a risk of rain, so there was no great opportunity cost to choosing Moorweg Gamperfin for our weekly hike.
It seemed like it might be mildly interesting. And it was.
There was no internet, and I didn’t download a map before we went, so in absence of clear signs near the start, we managed to set off in the wrong direction (which honestly seemed like the more interesting route, but I already started feeling my knees because of the ascent, and definitely on the way back down).
Once on the correct trail, we then enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the moor and back down the other side of the hill.
On the way back, and especially near the parking area, we noticed lots of tiny frogs on the road. Many unfortunately already flattened by tires and soles.
We used leaves to pick up any we saw trying to cross the road and set them down on the other side.
Once in the car, we couldn’t stomach the thought of adding to the number of flattened frogs on the road, so Jenny got out and walked in front of the car, moving any frogs she spotted out of the way.
This garnered us a lot of bemused looks from passers by and restaurant patrons, and I’m sure would have earned us some angry honks if there were cars behind us, but it allowed us the end the day with a clear conscience.
The hike itself was… fine. Pleasant and mildly interesting, with some nice views.
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