Its not a trail, its not a boardwalk, its a hike in the wild. Put your hiking boots on! #outdoors
Trees, like people, you can only get to know them by meeting and spending time together. To feel the Latvian sacred oak tree power, get their energy, inspiration and quiescency, we offer to go on a Poweroak hikeat Vidrižu Parish vacation cottage Medņi. The hike includes eight different, in the field, pristine nature, on the bank of the river and in the forest growing oaks, aged from 150 to 250 years, rocky and winding Aģe river, birch Silver Grove, new Poweroak Grove of 3x9=27 oaks, Stone of Wisdom, Young Forest Oaks as well as two of the Second World War bunkers in the forest, hideouts of the host family. During the Poweroak hike you will be able to watch wild animals and birds, as well as climb at the top of the the oak, and pick up your Poweroak climber certificate out of the chest. The total length of the hike's large circuit is 3.0 km, 2.0 km of which lies along the fields and natural meadows, and 1.0 km across typical Latvian coniferous, deciduous forests and clearance. Easier and shorter option is Small circuit which is 2.0 km long walk across meadows, fields and by the forest edge. Including sightseeing time, slowly enjoying, Large circuit hike takes about 2 hours. The hike objects are marked, but map is necessary as well. You can find the map in the beginning of the hike near the Medņu house (read the hint on the hike description near the entrance to Medņi). If you like the hike, you are welcome to leave a donation. It's nottrailnorboardwalk, but hike in the wilde nature, thus hiking boots are preferable.
Medņi Holy Oak
Poweroak hike route starts at Latvian messuage Medņi, where the first meeting is with the Medņi Holy Oak. Below these, growing near the pond, low, shady branches of the oak, is a sacred site, which is marked by arched stone piles. This is energetically the most active place of the area, the space of God, the past and the future. Take a sit on a log, pushing your back against the poweroak trunk, give yourself in to leisurely quiescency recovery, prayer. Mute your mind, listen to the sounds of nature, leaves, wind and birds. After a few moments the oak strength and sacred site energy can be felt flowing through your body. Give in to these man and nature close ties and awaken your energy.
Aģe Grand Oak
Continue the hike along the pond by the trail through the yard, past the ruins of a living house with stork's nest up the chimney, through the row of lime trees. Then to the left, in W direction, creeping beneath fallen willow, along the trail, across the field to the Aģe Grand Oak. The greatest grand oak of this hike grows on the steep bank slope, striving its roots into the riverAģe, and fitting in with the river bank tree landscape. The oak is growing, its crown is in very good condition. Trunk girth is 4.97 m, height is 16 meters, crown projection on to the land is 250 m2. This oak was discovered and purified of bushes in 2005 by Medņi owner Kārlis Šmits.
Not far from the oak tree to the NW, leading down the slope, lays trail to the rocky bank of Aģes River. When walking across the bridge, from the meadow to the Aģes bank, Aģes Grand Oak reveals itself in all its majesty. Aģe is 39 kilometers long, flows out of Aģes Lake and flows into the Gulf of Riga at Skultes port. At ancient times, Aģe served as the internal traffic and trade route. In 13th century Livonian Chronicle Indriķis mentions Aģe under the name of Adya (Liv - edge), telling of Aģe Livs’ battles against the German invaders. Aģe lower reaches were a part of of Livs’ Metsepole (Woodlands) country.
The hike continues back up, along the trail of the coastal slope in the N direction along the edge of the woods and the field till the Silver grove. Silver thread has started its course and gradually being laced in the events and places of the Limbaži district. There is Silver Museum in Limbaži offering to visitors wide range of silver articles, but here in Vidrižu parish Poweroak hike leads through the Silver Grove poetized in the Latvian folklore. Sing the song “Caur sidraba birzi gāju” when walking the Silver Grove. Break some birch branch to walk on silvered, as the folksong says. And look around, probably you will be lucky to notice some birch tree blooming in golden flowers?
When you have passed the Silver grove you will find Thunderprong revealing inthe middle of a meadow. This notched oak stretches its double-trunk branches free, towards all sides of the sky. He owns all the meadow, all the sky. Thunderprong watches the meadow-borne insects, birds and animals, and as the most free-standing oak of the area, it is responsible for thunder and lightning watch.
The route continues in N direction, were the new Poweroak grove spreads the roots. Poweroak Grove consist of (trejdeviņi) 3x9=27 oaks, which is magical number for Latvians. This number symbolizes continuity, formula of the world’s structure, which has no beginning and no end. Poweroak Grove is special due to its location in Vidriži on the extension of SW axes connecting two ancient sacred places - South America’s Inca Machu Picchu and ancient Balt Pokaiņi in Latvia. Locations of the oaks in the new grove are matching the SW axes, as well as S and SW directions in the form of beams. This is becoming beautiful place to rest, to set thoughts, to calm one’s mind and to address Good.
Continuing the hike along the ditch, just behind the third turn of the ditch, in the clearing, you will meet Host Osvalds. This oak was growing in the hay meadow, near a hay barn in the thirties of the last century. During summers Medņi family hay talcs were held in the meadow, but the small farmer’s son Kārlis went herding here. The family rested and dined at this oak after the work. Meadows’ landlord Osvalds Šmits led to walk his guests from Riga to this forest edge. At the end of March, 1949, Osvalds hid in this barn from deportation to Siberia. Since then, the barn has vanished and the forest embraced the oak. Nowadays Host Osvalds with its green as well as sear branches is habitat of insects and birds - the biodiversity tree.
Borderstone and Forest Man W
From Host Osvalds continue hike by the edge of Medņi forest clearing to N direction till Borderstone, then turn right on the firebreak - edge of forest and clearing. Next kilometer of the hike will lead you through the typical Latvian Vidzeme region mixed coniferous and deciduous forests. Go along the firebreak E direction, to the most North point of the hike, where at the end of the clearing and on the edge of the Medņu forest lane stands the forest oak Forest Man W. Currently, from the side of the clearing you can observe, how the poweroak strives his crown upwards, towards the light as he should live together with other forest trees.
Forest Man E
Starting way back, you should 50m through the clearing towards Forest man E. This moss-covered and slit poweroak crown shows that the oak was here before the rest of the forest trees and managed to claw its branches wide. Now there is clearing arround with some other slim oaks stretching to the sky as well as growing new generation of aspen trees, but Forest Man E bases its shed branch on the neighbouring spruces.
Further, the hike leads in natural woods, so please carefully follow the map and posted road signs. The hike continues for 100m in SE direction to the forest bunker debris: Large Bunker and standing 40m further Small Bunker. These bunkers, one for family, and the other for animals, were built in summer of 1944 by Medņi landlord Osvalds Šmits. After an unsuccessful attempt to emigrate to Sweden in 1944, in October, Osvalds with the children Kārlis and Rasma hid in Medņu woods, because the retreating German army headquarters have been already located in their house. With them in the the forest, there was a horse with a cart and a cow. Three days later, when the front line has been moved further, the family left the bunkers in the forest and returned home.From the Little bunker you should head through the forest in SE direction to the adjacent coppice S end.
You should go along the road, through the natural woods 370m in S direction to the edge of the forest. The edge of the forest offers a wide view of the cereal lands and distant Medņi farmstead.
The hike continues in SE direction along the feld across the meadow path. All the way up to the Randevu Oak. This beautiful oak with the low, wide crown and the bushy foliage depicts Latvian folklore described romantic meeting place. In 2011 Latvian wedding ritual “lidzināšana” took place under this oak, when young man and women witnessed by their families and friends agreed to join their lives and create new family. Climb the branches of the Randevu Oak. Take a moment to enjoy beautiful vicinity, to receive power of the oak and inspiration. At the top of Randevu Oak is a container. Pick up your Poweroak climber certifcate from it. This is also beautiful place to revel in Balt Meditation.
A little further in a feld stands Crop Guardian, who takes care of the surrounding grain feld fertility, summoning the energy of the sky, and the energy of the Space to the felds. After visiting Crop Guardian, proceed with the hike in SE direction across the meadow road, you will feel awakening, eight Poweroak recharged energy in you, inspiration and the balance provided by the grain felds, meadows, river, wind and mixed wood forest. Coming out on the gravel road, turn right in W direction, where on the right side, between the roadside trees, you can already see Medņi farmstead buildings and the garden.