About Strauch's Wanderlust
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Vor etwa 12 Jahren, draußen strahlte an einem Wochenende die Sonne und mir (Marco), fiel die Decke auf den Kopf. Ich war früher gewohnt mit dem Rad immer draußen unterwegs zu sein, aber das ist wieder eine andere Geschichte, weshalb ich nicht mehr fahren kann… Also blickte ich Sarah an und fragte: “Hast du Lust etwas spazieren zu gehen?”. Und schwups waren wir bereit hinaus zu gehen, um die Sonne zu genießen. Das hat uns dann so viel Spaß gemacht, das wir dies an den nachfolgenden Wochenenden wiederholt haben. So kam es dann, nach einigen Monaten, dass aus den Spaziergängen Wanderungen wurden. Wir haben im Wald einige Schilder gesehen und machten uns im Internet schlau, was diese Schilder zu bedeuten hatten. Und schon schafften wir unser erstes Wanderbüchlein über die Premiumwanderwege im Saarland an. Mit diesem Büchlein hat alles dann angefangen… wir waren bei jeder Gelegenheit draußen und sind begeistert viele Wege gelaufen. Heute können wir behaupten, dass wir alle Premiumwanderwege im Saarland abgeklappert haben…Dann vor etwa 3 Jahren … ich (Marco) schaute mir Videos bei YouTube an und war etwas überrascht, dass man nicht wirklich Wanderwege im Saarland zu finden vermochte. Nun, da ich ja “etwas” technikaffin bin, erwarb ich nach langem Überlegen eine Action-Cam, da mir meine Smartphone-Kamera nicht mehr ausreichte. Die Qualität meiner Videos gefiel mir einfach nicht, ich wollte ja nicht nur Bilder auf YouTube online stellen, ich wollte mehr. Und so hat sich dies nun alles entwickelt und ich denke, man kann sich die Videos anschauen. Verbesserungsbedarf ist gewiss bei der ein oder anderen Stelle zu finden.Ganz liebe GrüßeSarah und Marco
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Our latest corona-compatible project is the completion of the Saarland circular hiking trail. This 374-kilometer path is very important to us. Since the route was changed by those responsible and partially re-signposted, the stages that we ran according to the old system are void. So to a new one. Today we started with the first stage, which is officially 20 kilometers, but is a good 24 kilometers long with two different GPS systems. We started in the parking lot of the Niedtalhalle in Siersburg. Steeply uphill on single trails, we reached the Siersburg plateau after about 1.5 kilometers. This ruined castle offers magnificent views, lots of old masonry and resting places. We recommend you to be up before 10:00 a.m. to avoid crowds. A small, comfortable circular path around the head of the elevation brought us to the Niedtal after 4.5 kilometers. What we found most astonishing was that after the mass migration at Losheim reservoir (last weekend) we did not come across a sock. Within sight of Eimersdorf we walked past on a wide gravel path above the Nied. You cannot go directly along the Nied itself, because nature conservation comes first. We crossed the coming main street, turned left to a fishing pond and were happy about the loud twittering of birds. Finally spring! We did not expect such a romantic and idyllic brook valley, which the Metzenbach forms. It made our wandering heart happy. A sharp incline brought us through a forest to Gerlfangen. Again and again we encountered mistletoe-laden fruit trees. Sarah was astonished because she does not know such a mass of mistletoe in fruit trees from the Ostertal. Almost every tree in the fruit litter meadow is infested. 3.5 kilometers later we build Mondorf. A sharp wind shivered us. As always ... one of us forgot something: Today Sarah's hat was cozy and warm at home! In Mondorf itself a ridge brought us to shortly before Seitert. We knew from other hikers that a small route change had been made here. We could find our way around without any problems. One of the most beautiful sections of this stage is the march through the Nackberg nature reserve. The rustic tree landscape, which is lined with open clearings with views of the Saargau as far as Merzig and the Saar, allowed us to take a deep breath. A historical cross lines the top of the Nackberg. We then hiked through part of the village of Fitten. At the end of the village, unfortunately, a small disappointment: Almost a kilometer of country road that leads to Büdingen. Hardly driven on, but it was definitely not fun! We now trotted downhill unspectacularly until we bridged the motorway. Between Weiler and Schwemlingen, a leisurely path led us through the coal quarry and through a residential area to our destination. We parked our second vehicle at the Saargauhalle.
In terms of landscape, we were well taken care of today with the wide views. Our absolute highlight was the Siersburg. The starting point is officially indicated at the Niedtalhalle, but there is neither an information board nor signposting. Without navigation we would have been lost. The signs were sporadically perfect.
about 14 hours ago
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Bright sunshine accompanied us today on this 10 km long tour. The starting point is near the parking lots at the Losheim reservoir. A little bit of information in advance: The parking fee is two euros for a whole day. Moving clockwise over asphalt, we finally landed at a large wooden archway. We walked through it and came for a good kilometer on narrow trails. Here we crossed the "dream loop garden wellness circuit" for the first time. Arrived at the lake shore, we saw the first offshoots of the Sunday migration. We hurried and strolled on a single trail along the lake shore, away from the crowds. We spent our first cozy mini-break here with a view of the calm waters. We briefly walked the asphalt circular path around the lake, before we pulled through an impressive meadow landscape to the right of the Losheimer Bach. After 2.5 kilometers the rush came! Group after group in front of and behind us we had to let pass in order to get at least a few pictures and video recordings. It was a bit annoying ... Shortly after the Kneipp facility, the relief ... Here the table tour separated from the "Traumschleife Der Hochwälder" and we could hike on much more relaxed. The next 3 kilometers were all about a steady incline. The highest point is also the highest village in Saarland, namely Scheiden. Here is an absolutely fantastic vantage point with three sensory benches and information boards. When you are at the top, you can go down again! Filled with muesli bars and trail mix, we strolled idly through sunny deciduous forests. At some point we reached the fields and meadows near the Losheim reservoir, which means that our car was waiting for us not a kilometer further.
On the whole, a leisurely tour that is also suitable for beginners despite the incline. For families with prams we recommend the asphalt path around the reservoir.
7 days ago
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This wonderful weather today brought us to the dream loop Zwei-Täler-Weg. This 13-kilometer round near Weiskirchen starts at the entrance to the wildlife park. You can also park there great! What Marco particularly likes is a short break-in at the beginning of a tour without a mountain. You can find it here for the first one and a half kilometers. The paths led us over narrow paths - without any mud today - were wonderful to walk. Through the forest above Zwalbach we came to a small pond. A brief contemplation and an intense marvel at the wild geese amused our senses. Via a wide field path - on the left a small stream, on the right green meadows with fruit trees - we reached a small pond again. 3.5 kilometers were now on our speedometer. Usually we don't take a break after such a short distance, but this place was so idyllic and sunlit that we stayed there for a good 20 minutes. Sometime in the distant past, the municipality of Wadern probably created a barefoot path there. Unfortunately, it is neglected. Pity! With a slight incline, the village of Waldhölzbach came into view. The entrance to the Felsenweg Dream Loop is behind the church. This circular route accompanied us with its markings for a few kilometers. You have to be careful just behind the entrance. Misleading signage has led some inexperienced hikers up the mountain. Although you can find the original path further above, you miss an impressive rock with St. Mary's grotto. In sight of some houses, but still on the slope in the forest on single trails, you will eventually see the Teufelsfels. You should definitely use this impressive rock formation to explore or take selfies. For swing fans there is a porch swing on the rock plateau, for those who take it easy there is a sensory bench. No sooner said than done: Sarah rocked, Marco flew a drone. We climbed the gentle slope along the Hölzbach. After crossing the body of water we experienced a moderate incline that led us to shortly before the hiking and wildlife park. It must be said that this is the northernmost point of the wildlife park. Here we snacked on our self-made trail mix on an oversized bench. Just 800 meters further we reached the highest point of the tour at 670 meters. From now on it went downhill! We crossed another country road before it went down steeply to the Holzbach. Here in the forest it made a mess, and that in the truest sense of the word! Marco's camera and microphone ended up in the mud. Thanks to Sarah's lucky bag backpack, we managed to clean it up. We hadn't got far, roughly at the height of the "Hoher Fels", when Marco had the second mishap of the day. Where was the mic? Shaking her head, Sarah looked after Mr. Strauch, who was trotting back the way, staring at the ground. Thanks to his sharp eyes, the missing could be found again. Sarah coined Marco's title today: "Bowl of the day"! We chugged past the Iltisfels and directly on the bank of the Holzbach stream at a leisurely pace. Below the Weiskirchen Rehabilitation Clinic, our navigation system wanted to turn right, but the signs went straight ahead. Good advice was expensive! You are welcome to follow the signs or cross the bridge and save a kilometer. You don't miss a lot. Another "world" began below the Eulenfels. Sarah's exclamation "This is spooky"! gave this forest the full range. Why do you ask? Very simple: It was eerie through the moss-covered branches that formed a tunnel-like passage across the path. Finally after this gruesome view we came back to our starting point. We found this dream loop to be a success from start to finish. Suitable for people with good basic fitness, also an experience for families with fit children. For smaller children, there is the dream loop wildcat path with around 4.6 kilometers, which leads around the wildlife park.
February 20, 2021
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Water! In liquid form, frozen and immortalized in sculptures. The Ensheimer Brunnenweg has a good 11 kilometers. The starting point is the "Wanderparkplaz Wogbachtal", alternatively you can get on at the "Wanderparkplatz Staffel". We counted 8 wells, but found that 13 wells were to be found on the old Brunnenweg. This local circular hiking trail is about 15 kilometers. The highlights of this hike are the first kilometer and the last. Why? Narrow paths with climbing passages and a great sandstone formation at the beginning. You will experience the remaining 9 kilometers mostly on wide forest roads and comfortable forest paths. The other highlights are the fountains. Everyone is unique in their own way, and we liked the rock fountain best because of its natural design. We were lucky enough to walk through the day with dry feet through the icy cold weather. Again, this also meant that some beautiful ice formations had formed on the fountains. Overall, we can recommend this trail as a beginner trail. It is also suitable for warm summer days, as it runs almost continuously in the shade. You can stop off at the "Wogbachtalhütte". Another little info: You can divide this tour into loops, in order to avoid the steep paths at the beginning and at the end.
February 14, 2021
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The cold can do us! This morning at 10:00 a.m., quite late for us, we made our way to Riegelsberg to the starting point Lampennesterhütte. From here we started our 11 km round tour. In an anti-clockwise direction, as recommended, we trotted off on narrow paths, always at the intersection with somewhat wider forest roads. Continuously uphill, after about 2.3 kilometers we reached the section that leads past the remains of a Westwall bunker. Nature has the upper hand here, even forming small limestone stalactites on the ceiling. The wind was icy cold around our noses. Pure sunshine including a blue sky was granted to us today in this cold! As we left this historic ensemble behind, a steady increase began. Thank goodness we didn't mind because we're pretty fit. After 4.2 kilometers we reached the highest point of the tour. More and more people, sometimes with dogs and sometimes without, now populated the wide forest paths on which we walked. Shortly before the Holzer Friedhof, the northernmost point of the route, an obstacle ... Our route was closed due to tree felling. Good advice was expensive! So always following our noses, past the cemetery on the other side of the Rödelbach, we looked for a way. At some point Marco discovered a flat transition over the water. Quite feasible thanks to snow and ice and that's how it was done. And whoosh on the original way! We reached the Fröhner Weiher. This was completely frozen over. 400 meters further, at the Frohnwaldhütte, we ate a little something. A call from a friend brought us two kilometers further, still on the correct route. Here we said hello to each other in line with corona and croaked a little more. A short time later, after a steep ascent, we reached our starting point again.
A wonderful beginner's tour at any time of the year, which can be mastered without great endurance or equipment.
February 13, 2021
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Although the weather forecast predicted sunshine, today we experienced a gray day with sleet. But we don't get discouraged and defied the elements! The starting point of this 11 km long tour is Hofgut Imsbach. We marched counterclockwise for almost 3 kilometers up the mountain. Sometimes through bare deciduous forest, sometimes along wide fields with a veiled view. Shortly before Selbach, the path turned sharply left with a small, crisp ascent. Two kilometers followed, which led us through a snow-covered winter wonder forest. A small part of this section was transformed into a fairytale forest by the locals. Small figures made of wood and decoration with fairytale-like aspects can be found everywhere on the right and left along the path. As soon as we stepped out of the forest, so after seven kilometers, an ice-cold wind whistled us around the gummer (nose). Wrapped up deeply, we strolled along the gravel paths with a piercing step and later back to Hofsgut Imsbach via forest paths. One kilometer before the end point you can inspect the Johann-Adams-Mühle, without Corona you can even eat something there. We are convinced that these 11 kilometers are a hiking experience in every season!
January 31, 2021
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Raindrops, raindrops that dripped onto our screens ... This is how you could sum up these 13 kilometers! This wonderful weather around the wayside shrine brought us little fun today, but at least exercise in the fresh air. On wide gravel roads and asphalt we enjoyed the wild drifting of the water on the right, left and on the way!
January 30, 2021
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The starting point of the adventure trail "All about loving cattle" is the Welschbach sports field. There you will also find sufficient parking space and an information board. At the beginning of our hike a sharp cold wind blew around our ears, while we covered a good 500 m to the fork in the path. We ran counterclockwise, this is also the recommended direction. Shortly after the Hirzweiler fishing club and pond, we trotted along an asphalt path past a stately farm. This adventure trail is structured in such a way that it leads past numerous farms around Hirzweiler and Welschbach. In the warmer seasons you can marvel at all kinds of animals here. Always uphill, still over tar, we finally arrived at the Berghof after three kilometers. Here you can enjoy a wide view from a panorama board. From now on, mud was our companion. At the Fichtenhof we turned left and shortly afterwards right into a dirt road. Marco was amazed that Sarah asked him if he would like to unpack the drone. The background to this was the well-known course of the clock at twelve o'clock and everyone in the Saarland knows: "At 12 noon!"
At some point we stopped our run through a stream valley, because we had arrived in the center of Hirzweiler. We padded for over half a kilometer on the main road until the signs led us to the left onto an asphalt path. We remembered that this 800 m to the Waldhof had been incredibly exhausting for us. And now: we are definitely fitter in 2021 than in 2017! If you want to save 1.5 km, just turn left behind the Waldhof instead of right, you don't miss much. Up here the wind whistled charmingly past our cheeks and colored them red. Our eyes could see the wide landscape and enjoyed the occasional sunbeams that flashed through the cloud cover. From now on it went downhill ... Almost two kilometers later we reached the center of Hirzweiler again and climbed the Hexenberg at the cemetery. No sooner have you been up than you may hear the donkeys calling from a distance. We almost landed on our noses when these cute animals screeched so unexpectedly at the top of their necks. Of course, we discovered them too. We arrived at the fork in the road and were looking forward to getting into our warm car.
A great tour in spring and autumn. In summer, however, the sun hits you on the Detz (head) in this open landscape! In snow and ice you should only go out with the right equipment.
January 24, 2021
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We had to get out ... If possible, in an area without a snow break. The plateau near Ommersheim gave us this opportunity. Originally we wanted to cover a good 12 km, but the cold and strong wind drove us back to the car. How was your day?
January 16, 2021