A Walk to Remember – or Possibly Forget (along Furesø Lake)

One of my greatest passions – a result of living for many years in the Pacific Northwest – is hiking.

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As beautiful as Denmark is, I really do miss the discovery of a proper hike. The walk into the unknown, the quiet of the surroundings, the surprises along the way. Denmark’s nature is tame and well marked. It often makes me complacent. I often leave for the woods wearing sandals and dresses and not bother bringing a water bottle.

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There are, of course, a lot of beautiful, protected areas around. They’re just not as wild as what I’m used to.

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Still, even though there isn’t much in a way of real hiking or hiking guides for the Greater Copenhagen area, I do my best. Usually, I just try to make up my own routes using mostly the zoom function on Google maps.

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So, this time I did just that. I zoomed in on the area near where I live and roughly mapped out the route I wanted to take. Then I grabbed my purse and went.

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Yes, I’m a bit out of practice. I no longer wake up at the crack of dawn, armed with ample supply of water, power bars, extra socks, and band-aids. Here in Denmark, I often do not even bother wearing socks.

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Most of the routes here are well equipped. There are benches along the way and trash bins. Often, there’s a cafe.

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On this particular “hike” I encountered plenty of plum trees (my next door neighbor who knows a thing or two about fruit trees told me that these wild plums aren’t really plums. They just look and taste like it). I picked a bunch of fruit and had it as my snack along the route.

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I walked through the fields.

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I walked through a forest.

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And I walked along the lake.

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I encountered someone camping in the middle of the forest and a few people walking their dogs.

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I found a bunch of coconut shells which confused me.

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I saw swans, because this is Denmark and 9 out of 10 times you’ll see swans if you go anywhere near the water.

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All in all, it was a very nice hike-slash-walk through the forest and along the lake. It was last month and I waited too long to write about it. I’m sure there were tons of exciting little tidbits I wanted to say then but forgot about them by now.

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5.6 km (3.5 miles); 85 m of elevation (279 ft)

YTD Hiking Km: 30.1

 

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