Another nice day today in Amsterdam and what could be better than exploring the wetlands North of Amsterdam called Waterland by canoe. The broader area was similar to my bike trip to Monnikendam last week (see here), but gives yet another perspective from the canals. It was fun, super beautiful and entertaining … and a good test for my Elbe canoe trip in summer.
Our tour took me, the lovely guide Majel (http://www.wetlandssafari.nl) and a couple from Stuttgart around the village of Watergang. In total 6,4km at a leisurely c4-5km/h excluding our picnic lunch half way. Given their was zero current (also not much wind), this means I can expect to do 7-10km/h on the Elbe this summer. Great news.
We encountered loads of wobbly ground (see video) that goes a long way to explain why houses in the village are constructed lightweight & in Amsterdam are built on trees (first clay level is 30m down), meat-eating plants, loads of birds (especially the Godwit bird who calls this place home for parts of the year), saw plants whose white core was used for oil lamps in the olden days, polder windmills that help manage the drainage of the fields and loads more insights provided by Majel. Really interesting amidst really Dutch countryside away from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam.
But now, enjoy the pictures. It was really a trip worthwhile.