Map of Hallig Hooge

Map of Hallig Hooge

Today Suzi and I went for a walk. Just a walk, as we do every day.

Ockenswarft

Ockenswarft

The route, about half a mile long, leads directly from our Warft to the water’s edge. We walked down this road,

Road to the Coast

Road to the Coast

talked briefly with some cows,

Eva saying hello to the cows

Eva saying hello to the cows

then turned right along the summer dike. This is not a dike that would protect the Hallig from serious flooding, but it does protect it from high tides and minor storms.

Eva walking along the water's edge

Eva walking along the water’s edge

As always, we enjoyed the vast meadows, profusion of colorful flowers, and views over the ocean … a bucolic landscape which never ceases to have a profound effect on us.

Meadows and meadows of wildflowers

Meadows and meadows of wildflowers

More wildflowers

More wildflowers

A Perfect Place for a Sunny Morning

A Perfect Place for a Sunny Morning

Sun and Sea

Sun and Sea

Southwest of us lies the island of Pellworm. We can see the ruins of the Old Church, collapsed a long time ago but left standing. A great landmark and point of orientation. The beam of the nearby Pellworm lighthouse is visible at night from our windows.

The island of Pellworm

The island of Pellworm

There was a meeting of oyster catchers in progress

Oyster Catchers' Convention

Oyster Catchers’ Convention

but they were annoyed at our intrusion and left in a huff.

Meeting Disbanded

Meeting Disbanded

This is one of the eight official swimming areas with steps leading into the water.

Swimming Area

Swimming Area

On the other hand, ducks have no official swimming areas they need to adhere to.

Wait for me!

Wait for me!

There are no native bees on the Hallig, but beekeepers from the mainland put up their boxes here to let the bees live among wonderful flower meadows for the summer.

Bees from the Mainland love the Hallig

Bees from the Mainland love the Hallig

We had walked longer than we had intended to when we passed below our favorite restaurant, located on Lorenzwarft, and stopped for lunch.

Welcome to Frerk's Buernhus

Welcome to Frerk’s Buernhus

Life is Good!

Life is Good!

We ate here twice last year and were delighted when the server recognized us. He took this picture of Suzi and me.

Eva and Suzi at Lunch

Eva and Suzi at Lunch

We had an idea: why not continue walking all the way around the Hallig? The good lunch and rest had given us renewed energy, and we were willing to tackle the 12 km, or about 8 miles, it takes to go all the way around. Onward! Even an occasional obstacle didn’t deter us.

Atta Girl!

Atta Girl!

We passed the Pohnswarft, which is no longer. It drowned in a tremendous storm in 1825 and has never been rebuilt.

The uninhabited Pohnswarft

The uninhabited Pohnswarft with no houses remaining after the storm

Soon we neared the northwestern corner of the Hallig with the lovely Westerwarft. It has four charming buildings, all with thatched roofs and beautiful, colorful gardens.

The Westerwarft

The Westerwarft

Charming Houses on Westerwarft

Charming Houses on Westerwarft

Perfect for a vacation

Perfect for a vacation

Now we walked along the north shore

Along the North Shore

Along the North Shore

and came to the small harbor. Besides various sailboats we saw Hooge’s last shrimp trawler anchored there, too.

The harbor

The harbor

Hooge's last shrimp trawler

Hooge’s last shrimp trawler

A little rest was in order.

Time for a rest

Time for a rest

We weren’t far from the ferry landing. The Adler-Express was tied up there at the moment (a week later it got stuck on a sandbank and was badly damaged).

The Adler-Express is in!

The Adler-Express is in!

This oyster catcher chose an unusual place for a nest.

Oyster catcher on his nest

Oyster catcher on his nest

Now for the home stretch. We still had two to three miles to go along the western edge.

The Homestretch

The Homestretch

Glistening Sun on the Water

Glistening Sun on the Water

A young oyster catcher greeted us.

Young Oyster Catcher

Young Oyster Catcher

“Comfort Stations” were very conveniently located for the needy hikers.

When in need...

When in need…

They are trailers, absolutely clean, sweet smelling, and a joy to use. This one is located at Land’s End, the eastern terminus of the one and only road which starts at Westerwarft. It is also a half mile from our Ockenswarft, and the place where we started our 8 mile walk many hours before.

And now it was time to go home and rest our feet.

Going Home

Going Home

Congratulations!  You made it!

Congratulations! You made it!

Celebrating the end of a lovely day.

At Sunset

At sunset toward the west

Holding the Moon in her Hand

Holding the moon in her hand as it rises in the east

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