Outdoor Activities through Camping and Boating
Ten years passed before the Panknin family could dream about camping and canoeing again. After securing financial security, they started with short local trips to the nearby Baldeney Lake at the Essen-Werden Campground. When they fled Soviet-controlled East Germany in 1954, they had to leave their belongings behind, including their camping gear and folding boats. So they bought, bit by bit, tents, air mattresses, cooking utensils and, of course, last but not least, folding kayaks. It was at the Werden Campground where I met, under the most mysterious circumstances, my future wife Gertrud Panknin (Biene) on the long Pentecost weekend in May 1962.
At this time, Papa had already given up his dream of going on extensive boating excursions with his family due to the children’s reluctance to accept their father’s river paddling fantasies. Also, Mama’s health was rapidly declining, and she was no longer willing to participate in strenuous travel adventures.
In 1960, Papa, prompted by sweet nostalgic memories of his journey on the Danube in 1939, decided on a similar expedition on the idyllic little River Weser that flows northwestern into the North Sea. No matter how carefully he had planned the river adventure down to the last detail, he could not order suitable weather for their journey. Always good with words, especially when presented in writing, he describes with a bitter touch of regret the misery his rebellious family was no longer willing to endure.
6 thoughts on “Walter Panknin (1898 – 1977) and His Family Ch7 Part 15”
Having read about how you met Biene, I now have a better context since I know more about her father.
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You remember well the story published such a long time ago. Thank you, Amy!
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Of course! I love a love at first story. Actually, I love any love story with a happy ending!
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What a beautiful area to boat and camp. Like Amy, I remember your story, Peter, of meeting Biene and her brother. You made the acquaintance of the brother so you could write to Biene. God is good!
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Machte ihm also das Wetter einen Strich durch die Rechnung? Schade, wenn man so fixiert darauf war.
Werden is an appropriately named place to meet the person who will become your wife.