FYI: Schultheis-Weiher in Offenbach, Germany

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?

If the "roads" line from Blowin' In The Wind doesn't pop into your head when you see this picture, then who are you?

If the “roads” line from Blowin’ In The Wind doesn’t pop into your head when you see this picture, then who are you?

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!

If you look closely, in the upper, left hand corner of the photo, you can see a beautiful, little clump of red flowers singing out from within the amber.

If you look closely, in the upper, left hand corner of the photo, you can see a beautiful, little clump of red flowers singing out from within the amber.

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.

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And, of course, I have to end it with the quintessential photo it is incumbent upon someone so completely surrounded by tall grain to take.

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