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Adventures of a Runner in Stadtwald Giessen: Cuckoo clock? Snow in May? Air Conditioning?

Today Rob and I hit the pavement for a nice out and back romp through the Stadtwald Giessen. We ran from the beginning of the trail, almost at Rathenaustrasse, to the very end of the path. I heard and saw two beautiful pieces of nature today and one perk of running in shade near water that I just had to tell you about.

Cuckoo Clock?

About six minutes into the run I heard what was undeniably a cuckoo bird. I have never seen or heard one before, but I have heard my share of cuckoo clocks, and this sound was exactly like those potentially annoying time pieces. Exactly.

It sang its song about four times, and we didn’t hear another one the rest of the run, but I was simply dumbfounded at how clock makers have precisely mimicked the sound of this bird in their intricate wooden clocks.

Snow in May?

At about 20 minutes in, I looked to the left and there, under the vivid green canopy of trees, I saw what appeared to be a blanket of fluffy snow on the ground. I could tell by a few white flowers near the path, not to mention the wonderful temperature of about 20 degrees Celsius, that it was not snow, but rather small firework bursts of white flowers. It was beautiful.

Air Conditioning?

At several points throughout the run, it felt as though we were running in an air conditioned forest, as strange as that sounds. I think it was the combination of the very gentle breeze, the generous shade afforded by the tall, leafy trees, and the occasional creek running close to the path. Whatever the cause, though, I loved it.

I remember running just south of Sequiota Park and the 2.1 mile marker on the Galloway Creek Trail, where the trees get thick and the path runs right next to the creek. Even in the summer, it would feel like we were running through a cave because the trees held in the cool air coming off the water. It was just like that today.


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