Walking outside the dikes in the salt marshes
Hallum - When we park at the bottom of the Wadden sea dike, we actually have no idea what we will see on the other side. Is it high tide and do you see the sea? Or is it low tide and can you see the sea floor? How big is a salt marsh and is it muddy? We are going for a walk outside the dike in the salt marsh today, but as city dwellers we actually have no idea what to expect. Despite the beautiful weather, we put on boots just to be sure!
True dreams are hidden in the air and seaWhen we are on the dike we see Ameland and Schiermonnikoog in the distance. But right in front of us there is no water or silt... there is a vast summer polder of waving grass!
On the dike we read in Frisian language and in large letters 'True dreams are hidden in the air and sea'. With that in mind we start our walk and step from the dike into the vast salt marsh. On a sign we read that we are not the only ones who are surprised that there is no water here but land. For centuries, on the border of salt and fresh land has been mined. Brushwood dams attempt to retain the silt. Around 1600 the salt marsh along the coast of North Friesland was 14,000 hectares. Now only 3,000 hectares remain.