In Offenbach, Germany, a town 6 miles outside of Frankfurt, lies Schultheis-Weiher, or Schultheis Pond—both a recreational swimming area and a nature preserve surrounded by beautiful, amber farmland. While in Frankfurt, our host took us to this lake, and the walk there made me question the whole time, can America really claim amber waves of grain?
Although the Pond itself is beautiful, filled with exotic birds and wildlife that roam its nature preserve section, the true excellence of the trip came from walking from Frankfurt to Offenbach, and walking through the fields—scrapes, small cuts and mosquito bites be damned!
On our walk, when we first came to the fields, we considered walking around them because the grain had grown extremely high and we didn’t know what was in there, but then we decided, “Hey, we’re backpackers, this is what we’re made for!” and walking through the farm fields was one of the best decisions of our trip. For acres and acres all we could see was beautiful amber grain fields, speckled every once in a while with purple lavender, or red flowers, adding flares of color for the eye to grasp on to to make sense of it all.
And if the view wasn’t enough, as we walked, the sun set. I want to share pictures below with you that show the difference in scenery throughout our walk, from the time the sun was in the sky, to when it began to set and sigh slight shadows over the fields.