To Be A Water Hiker - Paddeling in Neu Brandenburg (North-East Germany)

"Where can we go on holiday in times of Corona?", asked my familiy this year. It's not easy to say, because traveling far away and planing into the future can be canceld fast, if the situation changes.
So my daughter came up with the idea of canoing in Neu-Brandenburg. There are lot of lakes, which are connected to each other.

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This is a picture from the lake-side of the houses in Mirow, a small town in the south of the Müritz-Lake

Day 1, Thursday, 12. August 2021

After 7 hours driving, we (my wife, my oldest daughter, my son and me) built up our tents in the campingplace "Kanustation Mirow":

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Day 2, Friday

Our tents are tiny, but the night was good.
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After breakfast, we planned our tour and packed our things into the boats.

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Our target location, A camping place in the "Labus-See", C24, "Biber Tours":

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Our dinner was spagetthi with zucchini. The cooking system is primitive, but very efficient:

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The place was very crowded and in the night suddenly a woman screamed as if she would have been killed. I woke up with a shock and my first thoughts where: "fire".
But then we heard the voice of a man who calmed the woman down and said: "It was just a bad dream".
It must have been a very bad dream.

Day 3, Staturday

Beeing on the lake is great. Especially, when the wheater is fine.
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We had to travel some watergates:

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And, what a nice surprise, one can get some icecream or some tasty sausages in the middle of a lake:

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When the wind comes from behind, then live is easy going:

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The evening ended in campingplace Drewensee

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Some kids played table tennis next to our tents, even it was dark, until late in the night. But we were so tired, that we slept like a log anyway.

Day 4, Sunday

The day starts like always with a primitive breakfast. We had all we need.

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Our tour led us to a very small creek (Schwaanhavel) through the forest. This is a special environment with it's own sounds and feelings:

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At one place, the channel was so flat, that we had to pull our boats:

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Here on this meadow we had a picnic. And yes, there are lots of mosquitos.

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After we left the channel, the scene changed again:

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We camped at Gobenowsee:

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Day 5, Monday

After breakfast, we packed our things for the last stage.

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Tame ducks accompanied us:

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After a sunny start some clouds appeared and the wheater changed:

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The water got rough and we came into a heavy rainshower.

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For understanable reasons we don't have any pictures from the rain. We really had to fight against the elements. My wife had to rummage around in something and stopped paddeling for some seconds. In this short time the wind draged the boat so that we lost drive and I could not stear it any longer. We floated to the reed. Only when she started paddeling we were able to gain control again.
This was not so funny.

At "Fleeter Mühle" we had to carry the boat for a short range over land. One can borrow a "Bootswagen" to have it easier.

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The last meters:

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The water temperatur was 21°C, the wind was about 15°C. So the water felt warmer then the air, but all in all we got cold.

So finaly we reached our first camping place again in Mirow, built up our tents for the last night and tried to get out of the wet clothes.

At the evening we went for dinner in a pizzeria. But is was overcrowded. This was bad luck, because we were cold and still wet and needed a warm meal. The host offered us a place in the icecreamparlor. It was better then nothing and so we agreed:

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Later, after a place got free, we could go inside the restaurant.

Our Tour

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Day Two: 15 KM from Mirow to Labussee
Day three: About 25 km from Labusse to Drewensee (with backwind)
Day four: About 22 km from Drewensee to Gobenowsee/Seewalde (the channel drags a bit, but is very nice)
Day five: About 25 km from Gobenowsee to Mirow (with partly frontwind)

Conclusion: It was a very beautifull trip. You forget your past and every trouble at home directly as you are in the boat. One has to relinquish some comfort and learn to ignore the mosquitos, but you get some great days full of recreation and feeling to be a human.
We would do it again!!!

Achim Mertens

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