I recently wrote a blog post about a winter walk that lead me and my friend Saskya from my house in Haarlem, via restaurant De Stinkende Emmer, to the beautiful estate Elswout.
Today I am taking you along on another beautiful winter walk around Haarlem. Actually; two walks in the same area, but in different circumstances.
Beautiful National Park Zuid-Kennemerland
So my friend Saskya and I went for a walk again, this time in the dunes nearby where we live. (Saskya lives in the same neighbourhood as I do.) #freighboursarethebest
Our walk went through a vaste nature reserve, called National Park Zuid-Kennemerland.
This park has dunes, lush coastal forests and wide beaches.
Winter walk around Haarlem – Oosterplas
When we went for our walk, there was no sun that day, but at least there was no rain either.
In this area of forests and dunes you may encounter various animals, like european bizons, wild horses, deer and sheep.
Unfortunately we did not run into any of those.
We did meet this cute little bird; a great tit. Okay, of course we also spotted waterfowls, seagulls and ducks. But the encounter with the great tit was more personal. It followed us around for a while. #yayihaveafollower
One of the showstoppers in this part of the dunes is a gorgeous lake called De Oosterplas.
Goofing around with trees
Lots of trees and tree trunks all around (duh, it’s a forest), so we had a bit of fun with them.
Now we are no mountain goats or anything like that; so much became painfully clear.
In our defence: the trunks were very slippery, which made climbing on a tree, even one that was only 10 cm above the ground, a challenge. Really! Stop laughing! #itsnojoke
A week later we went back to the same area. This time we were accompanied by my friend Jacqueline from Montreal, who was visiting me.
AND…it had been snowing quite heavily (for Dutch standards) the two days before.
The snow was melting already, but it was still a winter wonderland.
PLUS…the sun was shining brightly that day. A rare thing these days. #thereyouareyoushinything . The past weeks have been very wet, windy and grey.
De Oosterplas with snow all around
The whole scenery looked quite different from the week before.
The trees were even more wet, so no climbing this time.
We decided instead to ‘lean’ on this trunk as if we were leaning on a bar. “Bartender, two champagne, please!”.
Taking a small break at a dune top
We climbed the highest dune, which is not that high, but the snow made it slippery and thus quite tiresome. On the top you have a great view all around you, although that’s not clear on the pictures below.
Since the wooden benches were wet, Jacqueline and Saskya decided to rest a bit while seated on the fence. Don’t they look cute?
Again no bizons, wild horses, deer or sheep, but I remain hopeful; maybe next time.
Walking with friends definitely makes walking more pleasant, wildlife or not. #friendsaredabomb
How about you? Do you go for walks? Alone or with friends?