Eckwarderhörne (dpa / lni) – fresh wind blows, temperature is too low for this time of year, showers of rain are forecast. Nevertheless, a small group has gathered for an unusual mud hike in front of Eckwarderhörne (Wesermarsch district) on the Butjadingen peninsula: Everyone will be silent on the 90-minute mud tour.
Just don’t say anything, just pay attention to the sounds in nature – this is what Thomas Büsing announces. “When we’re over a tidal stream, we’ll stop for five minutes. Just listen to what you hear, “says Büsing, and adds,” Enjoy it. “
Thomas Büsing has been a certified mud flats guide for four years. He used to be a senior accountant, then the first burnout came, then the second. He struggled with anxiety and panic attacks and became unable to work. Now the 56-year-old has found peace and quiet in the marshy plains. This prompted him to take groups there and tell them various interesting facts about worms, crabs, and beach crabs.
Time for stressed out people
“At one point I thought it would be nice to just shut up,” he says bluntly. Büsing did not have to persuade his boss Matthias Schulz to quietly wander the mud: “Sound of Silence,” as he calls it. “More and more stressed people for whom a break like this is good,” says Schulz.
The remarkable Mud Plains hikes are not uncommon in the North Sea: dog tours, Nordic walking, sporty Mud Plains Treks to Arngast Lighthouse lasting more than seven hours, or Mud Plains treks for sunset with a full moon sunrise. The Watt Gerke Enno Ennen guide offers the last two. “When conditions are good, it’s an experience.
Usually there is no wind at this time, so you have more nature. ” The full moon excursion is reserved for families with children from the age of eight, as well as seniors. “Full moon and sunset: that’s what attracts people,” says Ennen.
On the other hand, the participants of the “Sound of Silence” tour happened that day for a quiet wandering in the mud. On this day and time, there is no other offer on site for a Guided Tour of the Mud Plains. Beate and Patricia Lehn, mother and adult daughter, come from the Mainz region, Mascha Hesske and Matthias Baumann from Cologne and Düsseldorf.
They have been on the North Sea coast for several days, and now they want to get involved in an experiment. Two of the four have never hiked across the Mud Plain. “He didn’t even know what it was,” says Mascha Hesske (25) of his friend Matthias.
Switch off cell phones and close the door
Finally, it starts with the mark of Thomas Büsing. Phones are off, nobody says anything anymore. Some are quietly pointing to things or creatures they discover in the swamps, and occasionally someone stops to pick up a Pacific oyster or clam. “Take the things you see with you in your mind. Then we will discuss them later, ”Watts leader Thomas Büsing said before the start.
There is laughter as someone suddenly plunges one leg deep into the mud. Coming to the tide, the most important thing is the wind. Patricia Lehn is a bit boring, as she will say later, so she uses her foot to draw something in the mud.
Things get almost a little dramatic on the way back, so Mascha Hesske feels compelled to break the silence briefly. The group faces another deep tidal stream that must be traversed. The water reaches up to the thighs, and right now it starts raining cats and dogs. A slightly desperate Mascha Hesske calls Thomas Büsing to help her get through.
“I couldn’t help it,” she will say later. She got stuck in the mud in her galoshes. Thomas Büsing comes to the rescue. “But I didn’t feel the need for an answer,” she later says with a smile.
When, after about 90 minutes, the group has solid ground under their feet and clears it of mud, everyone can talk again. “I thought it was beautiful,” says Patricia Lehn. “But I was hoping to hear more, maybe a seagull.” The wind was too loud. “I didn’t know if I was allowed to laugh, but sometimes I could pounce,” she says. Repeated drowning in the mud was too much fun. Was the goal of reassuring participants then omitted?
Thomas Büsing does not think so. “It is not meant to be a therapeutic measure and laughter is allowed,” he says. What Mascha Hesske later says is typical of him: “For the first half an hour, I had a complete desire to communicate. It was a big challenge for me not to say anything. ” But once you accept the silence, says Thomas Büsing, there is a certain peace. It seems to be the same for his small group.
Questions about things and creatures that have been collected or seen along the way are ultimately limited – although everyone is happy to finally be able to talk again.
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