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  1. Mandelkern went for a bike ride.

    April 26, 2020

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    Peter, Schieder Karl and 13 others like this.
    1. Mandelkern

      April 26, 2020
      Elbtalaue | Haus- und Hofrunde
      Wenn ich Rad fahre, ist Sonntag. Oft. Ich habe mir für heute keinen genauen Plan gemacht, nur die Umrisse einer Tour im Kopf. Los gehts in Harlingen. Eine «mittelschweren Fahrradtour» soll heute bei 17°, viel Sonne, wenig Wind herausspringen, die mich mit viel Entdeckerlust zunächst in östlicher Richtung, nach Hitzacker führt.Unter der schmalen Eisenbahnbrücke hindurch, über die der RB 32 zwischen Lüneburg und Danneberg braust, kurzer Fotostopp beim «Anti-Atom-Ritter», der daran erinnert, dass wir die Sorgen, die die Pandemie uns gerade beschert noch mit vielen anderen teilen müssen. An dieser Kreuzung biege ich links ab. Noch vor der Brücke, die über die Jeetzel auf die Stadtinsel führt, kleiner Schwenk nach rechts für einen Blick in die denkmalgeschützte Lanke-Siedlung. Eingeschossige Backsteinhäuser, gebaut in den späten 1930er Jahren als Werkswohnungen für leitende Angestellte der «WiFo».Die «Wifo» war eine Tarnorganisation der Nazis, die für Planung und Bau riesiger unterirdischer Tankanlagen verantwortlich war, in denen Kraftstoffreserven bevorratet wurden. Auch in Hitzacker, am Elbufer westlich der Stadt, errichteten sie mit Hilfe von Zwangsarbeitern eine solche. Heute ist das Gelände ein pittoreskes Waldstück, in dem Bodensenken und Betonreste an das Tanklager der «Wirtschaftlichen Forschungsgesellschaft» erinnern. Eine Auseinandersetzung rund um das Thema begann Anfang der 1980er (!) Jahre als Schüler*innen recherchierten und eine Dokumention erstellten. Vielleicht kann der frühe Vogel dieses Waldstück mal «überfliegen».Obwohl mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs, orientiere ich mich eine ganze Weile an einem Wanderweg, den Elb-Höhenweg, der entlang dem Westufer der Jeetzel führt, die kurze Zeit später in die Elbe mündet. Aber für einen Blick auf die Elbe muss ich mich noch einen Kilometer gedulden, weil ein Altarm der Jeetzel mir die Sicht auf die Elbe «versperrt».Vier Kilometer später folgt die zweite Begegnung mit der WiFo. Sprayer haben die Überreste einer der sogenannten Kopfstationen des ehemaligen Großtanklagers für sich genutzt. Hier, unmittelbar an der Elbe baute die WiFo einen Ölhafen. Hier wurden die Schiffe abgefüllt und brachten den Kraftstoff dahin, wo er gebraucht wurde.Nach der Kläranlage Hitzacker begebe ich dann doch für einige Kilometer auf die Elbuferstraße. Weil ich nicht sicher bin, ob ich nicht irgendwann umkehren muss, wenn ich konsequent am Ufer der Elbe bleibe. Auch Komoot ist dafür und führt mich auf den Fahrradweg entlang der Elbuferstraße.Der folgende Kilometer gehören zum Elberadweg («1300 km voller Überraschungen»). Und wer hier Radtouren plant, muss sich immer fragen, welche Elbseite die schönere ist. Auf dem Abschnitt zwischen Hitzacker und Neu Darchau empfehle ich, rechtselbisch zu fahren. Nicht nur, weil man dort ohne Straßenlärm auskommt, sondern den großen Vorteil hat, sich von der Deichkrone wunderbare Aussichten zu verschaffen. Dazu kann man in Hitzacker mit der Personen- und Fahrradfähre übersetzen. Das geht aber erst wieder ab dem 25. Mai, wenn ich als Tourist aus Niedersachsen wieder in den «nahen Osten» einreisen darf.Aber schon in Tiemesland geht es zurück auf den Wanderweg ganz nah der Elbe. Ein fotogener Hotspot erwartet mich unterhalb einer Kiesgrube, die noch in Betrieb ist. Ablichten kann man hier alte, verrostete Förderbänder, Überreste einer Verladestelle, wo Kies bis in die 1970er Jahre in den Bauch großer Frachtschiffe gelangte. Heute erledigen das LKWs. Die Elbe hat als Wasserstraße für Gütertransport (fast) ausgedient. Das liegt vor allen Dingen daran, dass Niedrigwasserphasen keine Ausnahme, sondern die Regel sind. Auch hier grüßt der Klimawandel.Das nächste Dorf heißt Drethem, wirkt wie eine unbewohnte Insel inmitten einer idyllischen Flusslandschaft mit Radlerpension, Seminaraus für Gruppenfreizeiten und ein rotes Backsteinkirchlein mit Dachreiter aus Kupfer fürs Geläut. Die kommenden Kilometer auf den Radweg entlang der Elbuferstraße sind deshalb schnell erzählt, weil sich hier ereignis- und übergangslos Dorf an Dorf reiht. Auf Drethem folgt Grienitz, folgt Schutschnur, folgt Klein Kühren, folgt Neu Darchau. Die unverbauten Elbblicke werden weniger. Hier haben sie nach der Wende auf Tourismus gesetzt und wenn wir eine Folie bräuchten, um zu sehen, wie trostlos eine Tourismus-Region in Corona-Zeiten wirkt, sollte man sich hier einmal umsehen. Das gilt auch für das Tagesziel Neu Darchau. Hier tobt seit Jahren ein wahnwitziger Streit in der Bevölkerung. Beinah an jedem Haus, hängt ein Bekenntnis. Wer ist für, wer ist gegen eine Brücke? über die Elbe, die eine Autofähre ersetzen soll. An diesem Sonntag, so scheint es, braucht man beides nicht. Ich fahre am Pegelhaus vorbei, werfe noch einen Blick in den unbewohnten Sportboothafen und mache mich auf die Rückfahrt. Zunächst ein breiter staubiger Weg in Richtung Göhrde, der keine Überraschungen bereit hält, überquere ich den Kateminer Mühlenbach, nutze den Fahrradweg entlang der L231 und lande auf einen Rastplatz. Auf einem Rastplatz, den man sonst nur als Autofahrer kennt. Menschenleer. Ein großer Tisch, eine lange Bank, unverwüstlich und aus Beton. Belästigend freundlich, die Aufforderung, den Rastplatz bitte sauber zuhalten. Ich breite mich aus. Ein Apfel, zwei belegte Brote, kleines Jogurt und zum Nachtisch einen Schokoriegel. Tee aus der Thermoskanne. Ich muss mich auf etwas Ungewohntes konzentrieren. Ein magischer Kraftort ist das nicht. Mental meine ich, aber kulinarisch gestärkt, kann ich die Tour fortsetzen. Wieder entlang der Landstraße. Kurzer Schlenker nach Sammatz. Ein anthroposophisches Dorf mit Café, Bioladen und einem betörend schönen Garten mit tausenden Blumen. Für dieses Bilderbuchdorf will ich einen Extra-Besuch einplanen.Noch ein kleines Stück Landstraße, jetzt ohne Fahrradweg (ein Foto vom prächtig blühendem Raps darf wohl auf keiner Tour in diesen Tagen fehlen) biege ich scharf rechts ab und folge einem asphaltierten Wirtschaftsweg hinein in einen Fichtenwald. «Nächster Halt» ist die winzige Bahnstation Leitstade. Ihr Schicksal, von der Eisenbahnbildfläche zu verschwinden, teilt der Waldbahnhof mit vielen anderen. Die Betreiber versprechen bei Schließung, die Gesamtfahrzeit zwischen Lüneburg und Dannenberg zu verkürzen und einen Zwei- statt Drei-Stunden-Takt einzuführen, die Bewohner gründen einen Initiative «Pro Leitstade», sammeln Unterschriften und fordern den Halt in Leitstadt UND die Einführung des 2-Stunde-Taktes. Ende offen.Es folgen zwei anstrengende Kilometer. Denn der Waldboden wird zur Sandpiste. RadFAHREN ist unmöglich. Den Ausdruck RadWANDERN zu verwenden, euphemistisch. Wer schon einmal sein E-Bike durch tiefen Sand geschoben hat, weiß wovon ich spreche. Aber das hört auch wieder auf und es folgt Straßenbelag. Vorbei an der schönsten Schutzhütte der Welt, einem kurzen Schwenk zum Waldmuseum «Naturum», das immer noch geschlossen ist, lande ich auf der Zielgerade.Die schenkt mir ab dem Weiler Govelin einen richtig guten, fahrradtauglichen Weg, einen Abschnitt des «Feldlilienpfads». Hier kann ich noch eimal Fahrt aufnehmen. Es wird aber auch klar, dass man die Details der Landschaft, die «vergleichsweise schüchterne Sensationen» bietet, nur wandernd aufnehmen kann.Schön wars trotzdem, die Fahrradtour meine ich.

      • May 6, 2020

  2. Mandelkern went on a Tour.

    April 22, 2020

    02:15
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    Klaus aus Lemgo, Renate and 17 others like this.
    1. Mandelkern

      April 22, 2020
      Nemitzer Heide | The early bird …
      ... starts today from the parking lot at the «Nemitzer Heidehaus» for a hike through the «little sister» of the Lüneburg Heath, the Nemitzer Heide. In August and September, when the heather is in full bloom, you will not find a parking space here. Now in the Corona spring in the year of the Lord 2020, the opposite is the case: there is nobody here. In an exhibition in the Heidehaus the history of the heath landscape is told and in the café next door you can stop for breakfast afterwards. A notice shows that this is currently not possible for known reasons.But I don't plunge head over heels into the heath, which you could do directly from the parking lot, but first follow a circular road that takes me to the place that gives the heathland its name: Nemitz. This morning the deserted village looks like a well-made location for a new season of “The Children of Bullerbü”. Everything is prepared, only the film crew and the actors are not there yet. Nemitz, once an oval Rundling (you can read about it) was almost completely destroyed after a major fire in 1815. The reconstruction took place as an elongated street village. A linden alley crosses a double row of well-preserved houses.At the end of the boulevard I turn left and in front of me a moorland opens up, which could only arise after a major fire in 1975 destroyed a huge pine forest. The views of this landscape create a strange thought. A fire disaster feels like luck in disaster a good forty years later.Many paths lead through the Nemitzer Heide. I choose a zigzag course to get as much heather as possible. The paths are getting sandy. Tiring and dusty affair after the drought of the past few weeks. The sticks help relieve the pressure on my knees and, above all, my back. The highlight of the tour is a whopping 38 meters above sea level. The “summit” of the Nemitzer Heide is equipped with wooden benches and tables for a picnic. I have nothing with me. Not even coffee or tea from the thermos. From here you have a fantastic all-round view. But no matter how you turn and turn, there is "only" heath and dune landscape with isolated birches and juniper bushes everywhere.From this viewing platform, I concentrate on the way, on the landscape. I always take too many photos anyway, as if I would never come back to this place. Under no circumstances does this apply to the Nemitzer Heide. I will be back at the latest in August (or earlier), when the heather blooms and the warm gold and red tones dominate up to the dark violet.I can't manage to “walk away” the corona blues. But hiding it mentally for a few hours works. “Blooming landscapes” help me. Not getting too close to others? is not a particular challenge in the Nemitzer Heide. The hike takes almost two hours before I meet a woman who walks her dog. How do I get the “gray-horned” as the Heidschnucken are also called? No matter! Anyway, I didn't see them today either.

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      • April 28, 2020

  3. Mandelkern went on a Tour.

    April 16, 2020

    02:21
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    Udo von der Kaiserpfalz, Heidi and 32 others like this.
    1. Mandelkern

      April 15, 2020
      Elbschleife Damnatz | The early bird
      Today I am back on time for sunrise. ›Im Dreiangel‹ is the name of the central square in Damnatz on the Elbe. Equipped with benches, a pavilion and a book cell, the triangle is a popular meeting place for villagers, but also a well-known resting place for cyclists, located directly on the Elbe Cycle Path.At this time I'm alone here, the sun is hiding behind the dike. I leave the quiet place in a south-easterly direction via a well-developed, scenic economic route, which leads straight into a fairytale forest (a word that I had forgotten and that I have been using far too often lately). The term ›Märchenwald‹ perhaps suggests something special. But it is not, just a nice sounding name for a wild wood in the middle of the tidy agricultural landscape.After about four kilometers, the way back starts. Walking or pounding on the top of the dike is pleasant. If the path is also unpaved, i.e. grassy, it is something special. In addition, the newly laid “view axes” (due to the elevated position) make “floodplain views” unique. I don't get to see the Elbe itself, I'm too far away for that.As if out of nowhere a fence, the path over the dike is blocked and I have to switch to the bike path below. A short time later it becomes clear why. This is followed by an encounter with those responsible who keep the dikes in good shape, who graze them, close the mouse holes and compact the ground with their «appearance». Sheep always have right of way on the dike. They notice me, are curious and are willing to be photographed.Back on the dike, now again at eye level with the horizon, a short time later, the announcement of a place called "Cameroon" makes me curious. So I take a look and I notice a rustically designed rest area with a stately flagpole, the national flag of Cameroon is hoisted. I am already suspicious of the flags of Germany in some front gardens. But Cameroon? It's probably not my sense of humor, I think so. At home, Aunt Google has the following explanation ready: «Because Cameroon was often cut off from the rest of the world when the Elbe flooded, for many it was as far away as the country of Cameroon in Central Africa». Well, Google is also a source of moderate jokes.Back on the dike, which is fastened here again and is also suitable for cyclists, I slowly walk into Damnatz. Via a diverter to the port to get very close to the Elbe for today I climb a staircase back to the dike.A small village exploration is done quickly. I don't want to overlook three things. The small half-timbered church, with the tower, which is much too short, and the cultural antenna, a chic, listed half-timbered house that is open in "normal" times for cabaret, exhibitions, readings and "handmade folk music". A personal concern for me is to visit the small cemetery just outside the village. Here is the writer Nicolas Born, who lived in Wendland from 1973 until his death in 1979.From the cemetery, after a short “detour” through the marsh landscape, I reach Damnatz ’boulevard,“ Achter Höfe ”, the start and finish of the Nordic Walking tour above and below the Elbe dyke.

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      • April 19, 2020

  4. Mandelkern went on a Tour.

    April 12, 2020

    01:19
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    Silvia, Cat on tour and 20 others like this.
    1. Mandelkern

      April 12, 2020
      Pevestorfer Wiesen | The early bird ...
      ... slept through today and missed the start of the sunrise on another Nordic walking tour. And because he has a follow-up appointment, he has to reschedule and choose a compact (re) tour.Start and finish is the country inn ›Zum Lindenhof‹ in Pevestorf, a small town and part of the municipality of Höhbeck. Of course I could have breakfast here after the tour if the Corona crisis didn't exist. On the right past the inn, a paved path leads directly into the pleasure. With pleasure I mean nature. The far-sightedness, the colors green and blue are edifying, now that we have to withdraw - especially when the sun is lingering. There is only one way to circumnavigate this natural space. I like that because I can keep my distance from nature so as not to disturb them.Small stopover at a viewing platform from which you can see the meadows, the ponds and take your time to take pictures. This morning I don't have the patience to wait for a pair of cranes and watch them at courtship in this very gentle way.I can still choose for the northern part of the tour. I either follow the paved path at the bottom of the dike or use the dike crown. The latter variant has several advantages. Soft grass floor underfoot and perspectives on both sides of the dike. On one side, the large old oaks, the small riparian forests, the Elbe and on the other side, the landscape and hedges of the Pevestorfer meadows. The elevated position also helps to better capture the dimensions and depth of the wide landscape.At the end of the dike a little further along the district road, but still on the left the Pevestorfer meadows in view. The townscape of Pevestorf itself shows little old building substance. I later read that the village was badly destroyed in battles for the Höhbeck bridgehead in April 1945.It is perhaps futile to speculate whether there are connections between the pandemic, the environment and the climate. Whether nature is just recovering from us because we had to change our travel behavior, our everyday life out of necessity. But I still want to add a little song with a nice text. Rainald Grebe is concerned about relationships.

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      • April 16, 2020

  5. Mandelkern went on a Tour.

    April 10, 2020

    01:48
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    Achtsamkeit, Schlofwandler and 19 others like this.
    1. Mandelkern

      April 10, 2020
      Gorleben Forest | The early bird
      Good Friday. Just in time for sunrise, I am at the start of my small “Nordic Walking tour for early risers”. You can also anchor in the Wendland. For example here at the "Gorlebener Haken", at Elbkilometer 493. However, you still have to paddle, row or sail around the kilometer through the idyll of the "Meetschower Hauptgraben" to get to the sports boat harbor (where small motor boats may anchor). to get."The beautiful emptiness" that can be seen everywhere in photos also characterizes the postcard idyll of the small harbor. It is considered a leisure facility and is therefore closed due to the Corona crisis. The "gangways" for the boats have been removed and are stacked on the shore. The season will open later this year. The atmosphere of this place occupies me so much that I find it difficult to get away.After crossing the main road on the western outskirts of Gorleben, it goes straight into the Gorleben forest. Behind the sports field, where TuS Gorleben plays its home games in "normal" times, the paved path loses its fortification. This means that it becomes a wide path that is gentle on the knees and joints and leads me into the forest. Nothing distracts, there is «audible» silence (wild boars are definitely nocturnal and have hidden themselves to sleep !?). After just under a kilometer, a five-armed intersection compels me to take a closer look at the map to find the "right" path that, after only half a kilometer - again through the forest - leads me to the gates of the nuclear waste storage facility.There is not much to see. None of the Castorhalle, where 113 containers with highly radioactive material are waiting for their final storage, none of the barrel storage, in which weak and medium radioactive material is stored. Just a concrete block with an exhaust air chimney, the pilot conditioning system protrudes above the high wall that surrounds the site. It is not in operation, but is only kept in order to be able to carry out maintenance and inspections of transport containers.After a few hundred meters I land in the «Beluga triangle». The place is named after the Beluga I, the legendary Greenpeace campaign ship, which has been "stranded" here and has for many years been a memorial that Gorleben is not a safe repository for radioactive waste. The “Resistance Party” takes place here every Friday before Pentecost as part of the Cultural Country Party. Both events were canceled this year.Perhaps a hundred meters later I stand at the gates of the mine, which after 25 years of investigation (with some interruptions) has proven unsuitable for a repository. In the past year, excavators started tearing down the barbed wire reinforced concrete walls. The “former Gorleben exploration mine” (as the official name is) should not be backfilled, but only “mothballed”. And that is exactly what makes the grief-stricken people in the region skeptical and some believe that the Gorleben option could still revive through the back door.After a little bit along the mine, I literally turn my back on the problem. That means I dive into the forest again, again along a beautiful pine-lined path to the gates of Gorleben. It is now a quarter to nine when I look at the clock on the church tower of the chapel in the village center, but they still haven't got up, the Gorlebeners. And the churchgoers, who might otherwise be out at this time of the day, also have to stay at home, as is well known. The Forsthausweg takes you back to one of my favorite places in Wendland, the small sports boat harbor in Gorleben.

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      • April 15, 2020

  6. Mandelkern went on a Tour.

    April 9, 2020

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    Frank, Achtsamkeit and 28 others like this.
    1. Achtsamkeit

      Very dear (Easter) greetings from Minden and we also have a "ban on driving up" by car for the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument. Not so bad, I prefer the seclusion of lonely hiking trails on these days.

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      • April 12, 2020

  7. Mandelkern went for a hike.

    April 6, 2020

    02:57
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    Renate, Nayeli and 32 others like this.
    1. Mandelkern

      April 6, 2020
      Wendland | About the villages (10)
      Köhlen - Ganse - Lensian - Schreyahn - Nauden - Luckau - Steine
      I have no desire for a detailed tour description or to complain about what the Corona crisis is doing to me.I like the solitude of the Wendland. The morbid and old, the peace and quiet and the old houses in the Rundlingsdorf. I am happy with the friendly farmers who use the warm days for sowing. And when I'm at home, I enjoy village life (which you don't have to drive down) and the great distance from your neighbor.I like to show photos, create highlights. Also because I can particularly enjoy the publication of your tours and photos during this time and I send confidence from the “hinterland”.

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      • April 11, 2020

  8. Mandelkern went for a hike.

    April 1, 2020

    02:26
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    Dirk, Maik and 40 others like this.
    1. Xray2307

      You think time has stopped ... and only some buildings are really magnificent. But you can also tell from small details how much these people, who obviously all have to work hard to get their bread every day, are attached to this region.
      Hopefully all of this is preserved, it strongly reminds me of my youth when I visited my grandfather in the country.
      Thanks for the nice pictures and the description, and stay healthy 😊👍

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      • April 4, 2020

  9. Mandelkern went for a hike.

    March 26, 2020

    05:44
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    Renate, mel.phisto and 39 others like this.
    1. Gerd

      Nice pictures in sad times! 🙋

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      • March 29, 2020

  10. Mandelkern went for a hike.

    March 22, 2020

    03:22
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    1. Mandelkern

      March 22,2020
      Keep moving | Göhrde State Forest
      It looks like I have withdrawn from the virus. But that's not true. Because the Wendland has been my adopted home for some time. How do I get the idea? The district of Lüchow-Dannenberg is the least densely populated district with forty inhabitants per square kilometer, at least until 1989 it was in the old Federal Republic. “Contact fasting” is therefore not a particular challenge in Wendland.The critical moment is the start and arrival at home. Because some neighbors are smokers. You have the habit of meeting in front of the house to smoke, especially in difficult times. And since smokers like to communicate and want to be quiet so as not to disturb the non-smokers in the house, it is still difficult for them to keep their distance. Maybe you have to keep a distance of three meters because after a deep draft the blue haze will flow beyond the two-meter mark? Crude thoughts in difficult times.So when I leave the house, I first have to look out the window to see if the air is clean, literally. I have a great desire for forest today. It makes sense to drive into the Göhrde if you have a national forest on your doorstep. Short journey, landscape suitable for postcards, great weather. Almost deserted.The tour seems boring when you look at the map. Only the photos tell of the really big lot that I moved that afternoon. You might think that you don't need navigation here, but in the end it was relieved that I made the tour available offline at home, because there is practically no internet at the Göhrde State Forest. And it is well known that it is not so easy to see the forest for the trees or to find the right way.The tour is quickly told. The start is at the Göhrde forestry office in Röthen. The paths are wide and sandy, often they contain traces of large equipment with thick tires, but they are dry and there are only a few shady spots where there are puddles that can be easily avoided. Pines dominate. You can read about it, but you can also clearly see plans to convert the Göhrde State Forest into a mixed forest. It is cleared properly. But young oaks show that a lot has been planted recently.The final stage is a treat. A narrow path leads through a mixed forest, which spreads a magical atmosphere this Sunday afternoon due to the light conditions. Unconditional resolution to walk the Eltensteig four times a year, named after the forester Wilhelm Elten, who worked here. Once in every season.We can add a new one to the familiar greetings. After “hello” and “bye”, after “salvo” and “goodbye”, people now call out “stay healthy”. It's a good thing. I am happy to have wrested a hike from the Corona animal.

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      • March 22, 2020

About Mandelkern

«I used my camera as a kind of daily notebook.»Vor vielen Jahren habe ich mein Alter Ego auf den Namen Daniel Mandelkern getauft. Seitdem bin ich für die meisten nur noch der Mandelkern. Ich bin als fotografierender Wanderer und Radwanderer unterwegs.Ich zeige mit Vergnügen meine Fotos und veröffentliche gerne meine Touren. Die Aufmerksamkeit, die ich so erfahre, genieße ich. Wer mir folgen will, sollte «Profil» haben und selbst aktiv sein.Kontakt: daniel.mandelkern@gmx.de

Mandelkern’s Tour Stats

Distance3,905 mi
Time997:12 h