Sep 12, 2007

Wadlopen

This is an extreme environmental dispatch. Not only more people live on the canals of Amsterdam but this. Water is clean enough to walk....
Mudflat hiking (wadlopen) is a popular activity in the Netherlands. On the shallow Wadden Sea you can walk from the mainland to the isles of Terschelling (is seldom done - very long way), Ameland, Schiermonnikoog. It requires good planning to use the period of low tide to walk along the watershed of the mudflats. It's a great sensation to see how the sea "opens before your eyes" and makes a path to the islands. Compared to seakayaking it's very basic - forget your kayak gear and just walk to Ameland...

From Hans Heupink. See the happy people walking in endless shallow.

3 comments:

adele said...

Let's go!

Chalu said...

We have done it on Belgian shore. They did not call it anything but it was a blast. They catch tiny shrimp, fully grown but tiny with big horse. We would follow them a mile and all kids go nuts bits of left over; small fish and crab.

kayakcobber said...

Well overhere in Holland we do not use Cloggies when we go Wadlopen.
When we kayak in the Waddensea, there are a lot of Sandbanks and even when you do a lowwater trip, it's very interesing. To go inbetween or sometimes walk over it: Wadlopen.
In May we spotted a deer in the middle of the Wadden. Hope he did make it to the mainland or to the Islands....For him Wadlopen was just surviving!