The students from the højskole were taking a tour of Jutland -this part of Denmark- by bus, and we were encouraged to take the kids along as well. It worked out well because the teachers had a workshop day on this particular Friday, so we were asked to find other arrangements for the kids anyway. I was a bit nervous about having all three kids on a bus tour for the entire day. We left at 8:30am and were home at 5:45pm. Svea had no nap, save for about 5 minutes when she fell asleep just before one of the stop. It could have all gone very, very badly. Fortunately, we had a delightful time! The kids were fantastic and the stops we made were interesting. It was a great way to see some new parts of Denmark that we might not otherwise get to see.
We ate breakfast at the højskole and then boarded the bus at 8:30, and the first segment was 75 minutes in the bus. We arrived at a road that is 2,000 years old. Anders thought that was absolutely fascinating!
After the brief break, we started off on the first "off-road" adventure. The leader, Mads, walks very quickly! We had a hard time keeping up, though on the road part, we managed to stay right in the middle of the pack. By the time we hit the off-road part, though, it didn't take long for the stroller and us to get surpassed by almost all the students.
Our walk in the pasture was literally IN the pasture. The cows were right there with us. As our group walked around the edge of the pasture, they followed to watch. It was important to watch one's step through here...or your shoes and/or pants might get a few extra touches. Sigh. I had to wash my jeans when I got home.
The source of the river, this spring, was such cool and clean water that you could drink from it. It tasted a bit like dirt, but, it was fun nonetheless. Jeff and the boys stopped to take a quick drink.
Our third stop was at a sculpture park. There were about ten different wooden and metal sculptures scattered around, and as you walked through the park there was also an amazing view of the land below.
We stopped in Jelling for lunch and to see the rune stones. Anders thought that "Jelling stones" (pronounced "yelling stones") meant that the stones actually screamed. So he was really excited about the prospect of getting to see these amazing rocks. While they don't actually make any noise, the rune stones themselves are very neat to see.
This is the church in Jelling. The stones are housed in the cemetery just outside.
The glass enclosures were built just about 12 years ago. Until that time, the stones just sat in the courtyard, and for hundreds of years no one messed with them.
Jeff is on the roof of the museum, where there were a couple of telescopes set up that would display what the area looked like in the past.
This was an interesting stop on the tour. We were told it was "more" off-road than the first walk, so it wasn't going to be a good idea to bring the stroller with us. Svea had fallen asleep about 5 minutes before we stopped, so I decided I would stay with her in the bus and hopefully she would take a nap. Alas, no nap was to be had today! Torben decided to stay in the bus with us as well, and one of the students decided not to go on the walk either and stayed in the bus with us. Jeff and Anders went for the walk, which was supposed to be about 45 minutes. After almost an hour, we saw Mads walking back toward the bus alone. That didn't seem like a good sign! He said the path was stickier than usual, with grass and mud taking over all of the walking areas. It was incredibly difficult to navigate.