Because of the special danger by the Sars-CoV2 virus we decided to go on a group excursion by bike. Thus, physical distancing was no problem. The destination of our journey was the “Kühkopf Nature Reserve” on the Old Rhine. We all met at Darmstadt main train station. We rode to the August-Euler-Airfield, where the TU operates a wind tunnel and a direct current testrun insolated by gas. Then, we continued on cycling paths and the fields to Stockstadt.
Around 12 o'clock we had a nice picknick at the “Hofgut Guntershausen”. There were again all kinds of treats we had brought with us. Under the big tree in the middle of the estate we took rest in the pleasant shade. After the inspection of the oil pump (out of order since 1994), we continued our tour alongside the apple tree avenue to the Rhine river. Some wooded stretches provided cooling for a short time, which we all longed for. At midday, the temperatures had risen to over 30 °C. On the way back, we stopped at the viewpoint of the “Swedensäule”, an obelisk at the spot where King Karl Gustav of Sweden and his troops had crossed the Rhine in 1631 to defeat the Spanish.
Shortly before the return trip, surprisingly, we had an encounter with AK Rose at the Erfelder Brücke. They probably had made the same trip and were also on their way back to Darmstadt.
Via the villages Goddelau, Wolfskehlen, Griesheim we also started the return journey. The well-deserved refreshments in the castle beer garden stood at the end of a nice excursion.
In August our group trip took us to the Frankfurt Palmengarten. Due to the fine weather we could marvel at the lush flora in the greenhouses, admire the botanical variety outside, walk around, try out deck chairs in the sunbathing areas and fortify ourselves with a picnic we brought along.
With approximately 22 hectares of park and 7,000 m² of greenhouses, the “Palmengarten” in Frankfurt is one of the largest gardens in Germany. Visitors can experience the flora of various climate zones in the respective glass pavilions for tropical and subtropical plants up to a sub-arctic landscape and two desert landscapes. The spacious park is thematically planted into rose garden, rock garden and rododendron garden, It invites visitors to stroll around.
At the end of the day we walked to the banks of the Main river where we sipped a drink or two. It was a beautiful day with many impressions, instructive meetings and enough exercise in the fresh air! All requirements for a successful excursion fulfilled!
Workshop Hirschegg 2018
The 10th anniversary of the Hess working group at the TU Darmstadt was the opportunity to summarize the previous research results and to develop a strategy for the future during a 3-day workshop. For this purpose the whole group headed to the Darmstadt House in Hirschegg, Austria, a retreat.
In the morning and partly also in the afternoon, the scientific staff gave lectures on the state of research with the prospect of cross connections. Whenever the weather, which unfortunately was not good for us, allowed it, short hikes were undertaken: climbing the Ifen / Hahnenköpfle, walking through the Breitachklamm. For the evenings we soon found a ritual: dinner, followed by joint discussions with digestive liquor. Those who still had energy could let off steam while playing table tennis and table soccer.