Do we really look that weak?

“No, you better go back, take your car, and drive there instead,” the lady told us. “Walking there is too much, especially with kids.” We were a bit perplexed by this advice from the lady that occupied the entrance register of Krka NP. We were all geared up, toddler in the backpack, baby in theContinue reading “Do we really look that weak?”

We have this whole place to ourselves!

We woke up today to cloudy grey skies that posed a stark contrast to the cloudless days that are now behind us. The weather forecast wasn’t pretty for today – or the coming days. The 90+% chance of rain even had Heike worried a little. I saw things differently. First of all, rain at homeContinue reading “We have this whole place to ourselves!”

I’ve lost my skills

Another beautiful day with a beautiful hike around the Prniba peninsula near Krk town, a place I read about this week, and one of the places that has a majority of Podarcis melisellensis, whereas most other regions are dominated by P. siculus. Although I saw plenty of wall lizards, my gut feeling tells me theseContinue reading “I’ve lost my skills”

The chapel in the woods

We’re maximizing our sun exposure and activity levels these past few days in the Czech republic. We’re staying near a town called Stozec, which is located in a municipal of the same name. The municipal has 220 people, divided over three tiny towns. Stozec has a small grocery store, two restaurants, a post office, andContinue reading “The chapel in the woods”

Autumn, sycamores, and mountains

Last year around this time we agreed with friends from Freising that we should go to the mountains in autumn. In particular, we wanted to see the wonderful coloration of the sycamore trees that are about to drop their leaves in preparation for winter. Then the covid situation took a turn for the worse, andContinue reading “Autumn, sycamores, and mountains”

Chasing beavers

No, you silly perverts. This post is not about your wildest dreams. It is just a simple story about me – a simple Dutch ecologist – chasing wet beavers that are out there looking for some solid Bavarian wood. It had already occurred to me during various hikes along the river Isar last year, thatContinue reading “Chasing beavers”

Being outdoors is not what it used to be…

You know that feeling when you have been outside in the cold all day, and you come inside and struggle to keep your eyes open? That’s how I feel right now! We were ‘hiking’ in the Altmühltal today. Well, we spent the first two hours covering one and a half kilometre, that is the timeContinue reading “Being outdoors is not what it used to be…”