CLC Spring 2020/7: Happy Easter!

Rain and wind and cold are almost tradition on Easter, but ironically this year when all activities are restricted, we had a beautiful Easter Sunday. Fortunately we are allowed out for exercise. We took a wonderful ride on almost empty roads. Leaving in the morning meant that there weren’t even many cyclists out. Not much to say about the ride except that it was a lovely cycle through the countryside to an open-air farmhouse museum that I knew would be closed, but hoped that the grounds would be a nice place for our picnic. Let the pictures tell the rest.

Few cars – The first time we cycled this road was two years ago for the Coffeeneuring Challenge, and before we knew we would be living out here.
The Waldkindergarten – forest nursery school – is closed, too. Most forest nursery schools or pre-schools have a construction trailer or a small hut where they store their material and can withdraw in bad weather. As a rule, educators and children are always outdoors. Pretty cool. Is there such a thing in the USA or Australia?
Bus stop shelter built from an old barn
Gentle country side, nothing dramatic
Along the way to Jexhof, the open-air museum, were the stations of the cross done in traditional Bavarian reverse glass painting.
Wonderful weather to take advantage of quiet roads
We leave the asphalt and have some forest trails on the way to our destination.
Our first view of the Jexhof buildings – The museum is surrounded by extensive forests and the Wildmoos nature reserve. It gives insights into rural life on a larger farm around 1900.
Crucifix in the farm courtyard, another scene typical for Bavaria
The picnic, sandwiches and eggs because it’s Easter, and I didn’t forget the salt.
And I didn’t forget the chocolate!
We weren’t the only ones who thought Jexhof would be a nice place for a picnic, but everyone kept their distance.
Some more gravel trails after we leave the farmhouse museum
Not back on asphalt yet
In Wessling – usually busy on a holiday
Approaching Unterbrunn – almost home now

HERE‘s our route.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

12 response to "CLC Spring 2020/7: Happy Easter!"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 12, 2020

    Beautiful day and great ride — lunch looks pretty good too!
    No forest nursery schools here to my knowledge — meaning our local area.
    The lack of litter along roadsides and paths still impress me.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: April 13, 2020

    Wow! Spring is definitely on its way now – glad you had nice, untraditional weather for an untraditional Easter. The scenes are all so picturesque.

    Bush kinder is growing in popularity here – probably in the past 5-7 years. I know one of the preschools in the town near me offers a program – though they still have days in the normal building setting, too. The state where I live has regulations around them, so they must be popular throughout the state. I can only speak for Victoria though.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: April 13, 2020

      Bush kinder – nice. I think the idea originiated in Sweden. I like the idea that the woods provide the children’s toys and learning material.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: April 13, 2020

    Nice Spring ride in that gorgeous weather. I don’t know of any forest nursery schools around here and have not heard of any in the US — but I don’t hear everything going on in the many corners of the country ;’-). What a wonderful idea that is though. Outdoor learning while having some fun is so perfect.

    When we did a bike and barge bike tour in Amsterdam, our lunch was always packed in the container we were given at the start of the tour. So much better than using those zip type plastic baggies, as well as paper bags. For a while, after returning home, I took on that habit but gradually got away from it again. Your lunch box brings back that earth caring way to pack my lunch, and I will begin that again. Today — for my virtual ride with Cindy ;’-). Will be writing about my virtual outings in an upcoming post ;’-). Thanks for the reminder Suzanne. AND for those gorgeous photos of you ride.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: April 13, 2020

    Thanks, Nancy!

    I just googled “forest kinergarten in the US”. It looks like there are couple of dozen, but I guess they aren’t very well known.

    Packing a lunch in a re-usable box does make so much sense, doesn’t it. My niece also had a good idea. She raises bees makes wraps from bees’ wax. Not something everyone can do I guess. 🙂

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: April 13, 2020

    A beautiful place to ride, everything’s so neat and tidy.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: April 13, 2020

      Here and there there is some litter – but I don’t take pictures of that. 🙂

  6. By: Rocky Posted: April 13, 2020

    Looks like you had a wonderful ride! I wish we could join you.

  7. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: April 13, 2020

    That was certainly a joyful, healthy way to spend your Easter day. Your lunch looked delicious and, of course, the chocolate. Mmmm. Your countryside riding must bring smiles to your faces. It is truly a blessing to have such lovely trails and roads to pedal. I know your pictures put a smile on our faces. Happy Easter!

    • By: Suzanne Posted: April 13, 2020

      Thanks, TJ! Seeing everything in bloom or about to bloom is indeed a joy. Hope you and Hopkins can get out soon!

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