Walks Blog – Aug 2017

All Aboard …
A whistle-stop tour of the north and west of the island today. Stunning as ever … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/LyY3Gw , 17th August, 2017








Gigantes Boat Trip
The dolphins and shearwaters seemed happy to put on a show for us today …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/TR5wSe , 15th August, 2017






Pretty Pueblos in Guia de Isora
It was great to be up in the hills of Guia de Isora, today, walking through the stunning countryside and the pretty pueblos of Chiguergue, Aripe and Chirche. It was specially good to be in the company of some new hiking guides ..!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/zZpkfF , 13th August, 2017








Masca … Beautiful … Weird … Scary …!
We’ve wanted to walk the Masca Gorge since getting here. It was worth the wait – beautiful, weird, a little scary in places and lots of wildlife as walking companions …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/wd6CN2 , 8th August, 2017








The Masca Gorge Experience…!
It was a hot and muggy day to embark on the famous Masca Gorge walk in the Teno Mountains. Because of the present conditions of temperature inversion, it was 24°C when we left the coast at 07:00 and 28°C when we arrived at our start point in Masca village at 700 m high in the hills an hour later! After the walk, a swim in the sea, our boat trip to Los Gigantes, and return to the mountains to pick up the car around 13:00, it was 38°C in Masca! Our new neighbour, Darren, an experienced Masca hand from Dublin (and, as it turns out, a qualified mountain guide!) expertly led us down the quite challenging, but spectacular, route … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/h4RDt7 , 8th August, 2017








Green Fingers …?
At last, our very own hibiscus are in flower!  We had a couple of anxious weeks where it was touch and go but all’s well now. Fingers crossed, that is …
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/iFhjXB , 6th August, 2017








Saint’s Day at San Juan …
The Senora del Carmen, patron saint of sailors, embarking at the harbour to make her way up the coast brings almost, but not quite, to an end the week long celebrations in Playa San Juan. There’s a huge paella being made ready for later today …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/5mDygH , 6th August, 2017








Walk (45) El Jaral-El Choro Circular (Guia de Isora)
A short but strenuous hill-walk, high up in the municipality of Guia de Isora, enjoying a variety of wonderful rural surroundings. Great views all around – from sea to mountain tops …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/bQXGsj , 5th August, 2017








El Jaral to El Choro and Back …
We’d wanted to do this walk for weeks but it is high up in the hills with a couple of steep climbs, so it was an early start this morning to let us be well on before the sun got too high. As it was, the clouds started to roll in part-way through and we walked in a pleasant 20°C.  Such stunning countryside and views all around us …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/5JgjiN , 2nd August, 2017







Mists Rolling in …
What a difference a couple of hours makes!  El Jaral village, our start and end point this morning, as we set out and as we headed back there in cloud two hours later …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/aSbWAm , 2nd August, 2017







High and Mighty …!
During this morning’s walk from the village of El Jaral, 750 m high in the fertile hills above Playa San Juan, we remembered taking a photo of a little squash plant growing under a door when we visited in mid-June. Today, 6 weeks later, that little plant has become a very big plant indeed …!  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/1gP2HQ , 2nd August, 2017


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