Hiking in the Eifel

Christian surprised me with a weekend in the Eifel, a nice hiking area southwest of Düsseldorf.  When we left our apartment, the sun was peaking out from behind the clouds and it looked like it was going to be a nice day, like Spring should be.  When we arrived at our hiking destination, a light snow was falling.  We hiked to the Duaner Maare, which are three volcanic lakes located near the town of Duan.  As you can tell by our clothing, it wasn’t too warm but very pretty and amazing to see these three lakes created by volcanic eruptions.

This is the first Maar.


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This is the second Maar.  There was a cute, little church sitting by this Maar that we went into to. 


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This is the third Maar.  We stopped at the village by this Maar for some hot chocolate & cake and then headed back to Duan!


Now, I have to tell you about our hiking pants.  We purchased these new pants a couple weeks ago and they are made of a heavier material, which is great for colder hikes.  They came un-hemmed, so that you can hem them to the length that you would want.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I am new to sewing.  I looked up two ways to hem pants on the Internet.  One was using the sewing machine and the other was by hand, so that you wouldn’t see the thread.  With my pants, we used the sewing machine and it took about 10-15 minutes.  I have dark pants, so I think they turned out just fine.  Christian has light pants and we didn’t have thread to match the color, so Christian hemmed his pants by hand!  It probably took over an hour to hem them.  We now laugh about it and call them his dress-hiking pants because he did such a good job on making them look so perfect!  So if you need any hemming done, hire Christian and not me!

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