A while ago, I started to collect Wandernadel Stempel. But I have not gotten any in a while, mostly because I have most of the Stempelstellen nearby in my Wanderpass.
This Winter, I have started to collect something new though, to have an incentive to learn more about the Harz: Oberharzer Teiche. And I have actually ‘Discovered’ quite a few of them already.
The last Time I was in the Area, there was absolutely no Parking available because of the Snow, so I just drove on to somewhere else.
Today though, the Parking Lot at the Haus-Herzberger Teich was beautifully cleared of most of the Snow with just a thin Layer of it remaining, so I decided to just go for the local Wasserregal-Tour.
To start my Hike, I first had to climb some massive Snow Piles that were left behind after the Area had been plowed, and of Course some got in my Shoes. But that was okay.
I anticipated most of the Snow to be almost gone on the Rest of the Trail, because there was nothing left on the Trees, but I could not have been more wrong.
It was actually quite thick and a bit slushy most of the Way, and it took me half an Hour to just get down to the Eschenbacher Teich from the Parking Lot because I kept sinking into the Snow. That Part really was no Fun.
But when I got to the Dam, it actually got way better. There was still a lot of Snow there, but it had been trampled pretty much into a solid Layer, so walking on it was quite easy.
From there, I then walked along some Houses and up to the Oberer Eschenbacher Teich. There are actually a lot of Teiche with the same Name that are just distinguished by their Location towards each other.
On that part of my Journey, I then decided that I would probably cut my Hike Short at the Stephansstift if the Conditions would worsen again.
And just when I arrived at that Location, they actually did get bad again. No one must have walked that Part of the Wasserregal-Tour in quite a while.
I did decide to still include both Haus-Herzberger Teiche in my Round though by choosing ,y slightly longer Abort-Route. In the End, cutting my Hike Short really just saved me about 1 kilometre, but that kilometre definitely would not have been Fun at all.
I have been at those Teiche a few Times in the Past, but I had not visited in a while. I can honestly say that they have not Changed at all.
You could even see the Docks of the Waldseebad in the Snow. I have never been Swimming there, but I hear it is supposed to be really nice.
After walking along the Unterer Haus-Herzberger Teich I then arrived back at the Car. And while I cut my Hike a little Short today, I actually had a great Time in the End.
The beginning of my Round was bad, but the middle Part was really rewarding and the End did not let me down either. I even got to Witness a little bit of a beautiful Sunset.
Discovering Teiche that have been there for Centuries as a Part of the Oberharzer Wasserregal really is a lot of Fun. I get to be Outside, and I can also learn a bit more about the Harz while doing so.
And while I only ‘found’ two new Teiche today, I had a great Time. Even though I missed out on one more Teich by cutting my Hike Short, I still had a really good Time.