Walks Blog – Mar 2018

Our Little (Mis)Adventure …!
The plan was a pleasant hike above Chirche and onto Camino Tágara, yesterday. The reality, after taking a wrong turning well in, was a 10 kilometre calf-stretcher with 800 metre overall ascent. I’m not gonna lie….. I was very, very glad to see the finish-line …! 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/FkY2F2 , 1st April, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leg Stretching …!
We crossed eight rocky barrancos on the outward leg of today’s hot and sunny hike … then the path just went higher and higher … weary legs tonight …! 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/C8CsMX , 31st March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

¿Es posible que un pueblo sea más hermoso? …!
Chirche. Is it possible for a village to be more beautiful …   The start and end point of today’s walk.
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/TMqLmL , 31st March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (93) Las Lajas-Cañada del Sombrero Circular (Adeje/Vilaflor)
Starting and finishing at the popular Las Lajas picnic and recreation area, this is very much a pine forest walk, and at over 2,000 metres above sea level it is at the highest level of the Corona Forestal that surrounds the island. Walking under the base of mountains at the rim of the Teide Caldera there are marvellous views of Montaña Las Lajas, La Sombrera, Roque del Almendro and El Sombrero de Chasna … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/QCJfVr , 31st March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Tempting Torrijas …!
The Spanish have a way with “French Toast”…. which includes wine, cinnamon and honey….deep fried …   Enjoying the last of the Torrijas. An Easter treat. Mmmmm, thank you Montse Greciano  …   
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/mZSR5D , 30th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

Pascua Florida de Guia de Isora …
Stunning Pascua Florida (Floral Easter) displays in Guia de Isora today …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/oemXTU , 30th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing Above the Calima …?
Walking 2300 metres up around Las Lajas and El Sombrero in the Corona Forestal earlier today …   Brightest blue skies are the norm up here above the clouds. But, today, the thick Calima covering the south of the island was making its presence felt – to a lesser degree – here, too …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/1guRe4 , 28th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Sunset …
We’ve had some spectacular sunsets here…..but tonight was special …!  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/ZuDfLS , 27th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (92) Ifonche-Fuente El Chorrillo Circular (Adeje)
This short walk offers botanical and environmental interest alongside some of the most spectacular views that can be experienced in the south of Tenerife. There is the opportunity to visit a number of caves including one apparently occupied by a large family within living memory. The focal point on the route is the Fuente el Chorrillo, a spring that drips and trickles from the cliff wall near the top of the deep and precipitous Barranco Seco … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/5RSyj8 , 27th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cave-hopping ...
Happily, blue skies and sunshine made an appearance on yesterday’s cave-hopping walk to the Fuente el Chorrillo, just as we progressed to the section with the most spectacular views … and sometimes precipitous paths …! 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/4c6vAD , 25th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fungus Alert …!
Walking from Ifonche. Flowers and plants….and a lone mushroom. An unusual sight here in the dry and sunny south …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/3nsjEM , 25th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misty Mountains …
It was cool, cloudy and misty on the first part of our walk near Ifonche, yesterday. Good acclimatisation for returning to Scotland though …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/obsd47 , 25th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (91) Arona-Las Casas-Altavista-La Hondura-Tunéz Circular (Arona)
An interesting and varied walk ascending from the historic centre of Arona. The rewards are marvellous views of Roque del Conde and Roque Imoque, and over terraced farmland down to the resorts on the south coast. At the time of writing, the whole area is amazingly green with new growth after winter rains …  
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/8hPyab , 23rd March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (90) Los Poleos-Chinyero Circular (Santiago del Teide)
This walk undertakes a very scenic circuit of the iconic Montaña Chinyero in the Corona Forestal area, just below the Teide National Park. There are marvellous views of the partially collapsed Chinyero volcano, El Teide and Pico Viejo. During the walk you may be lucky, as we were, to observe Blue Chaffinches, a species unique to the high pine forests of Tenerife …
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/2viKDC , 22nd March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four-Legged Friends Along the Way …
We made some four-legged chums along the way today. Wee pupster was specially keen to get in on the walk “sign-posting” act …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/MMK37k , 21st March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Green Hills of Arona … [but not for long!]
There wasn’t much sun around walking Arona-Casas de Altavista-Tunez today but the views were as wow-spectacular as ever …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/yntFzU , 21st March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (89) Los Abrigos-Chiringuito Pirata Return (Granadilla)
Good coastal walking taking in the pretty harbour at Los Abrigos and some inviting sandy beaches along the way. There is an opportunity for a very pleasant break at the Chiringuito Pirata beach bar …  
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/2o8tW3 , 20th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circling Chinyero
Back up in the Teide foothills today, circling evocative Montaña Chinyero. Site of the last volcanic eruption on the island in 1909 … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/LJUVte , 17th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Blues …
On our walk, today, we were very fortunate to encounter a little flock of Blue Chaffinches, feeding on the forest floor. This species is only found in the high pine forests of Tenerife. Happily, they seemed unconcerned by our presence on the nearby path, or by the woodpecker noisily tapping above us. Unfortunately, the quality of the light in the undergrowth wasn’t good enough for a photo, so the pics of the birds aren’t ours … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/uPDLCp , 17th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Handful …!
Google Photos cleverly created this very accurate animation of our recent visit to little grand-daughter, Sophie …! 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/YnToRQ , 16th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

As One Door Closes, Another One Opens …
So the very, very wintry weather during our visit to Scotland last week didn’t change our minds. Our flights are booked for 21st June and we’re leaving this wonderful island to return to our beautiful country. More adventures to come …      #WalkingScotland
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/d9kr4W , 14th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 


Breaking Bread with Old Friends …!

A couple of photos have just surfaced from a very fun night with friends Rob Milne and Barrie Deas in Leith last Friday evening …   #TillTheNextTime
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/huaTvR , 13th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hulls’ Humber Bridge
Yesterday was a day of unending heavy rain … today things are looking a lot brighter at Hull’s very impressive Humber Bridge …  #SoonBeHome Alison Mackenzie
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/UM2aHV , 13th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting Hull
Some photos from a happy family gathering on my recent visit to Hull, with brother Graham and his wife Joan, their daughter Joanna, and grandchildren Sam and Lily. Oh, and not forgetting four-legged family members Oscar and Eddie … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/q5fUWa , 20th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

On the Borderline …
Visiting my brother Alister and wife Vivienne in the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside today. Alison Mackenzie you would have loved the snowdrops, the two Labrador dogs, and the surrounding fields full of sheep and Highland cattle …   #MissingYou
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/ftB6zj , 11th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving on an Airplane …
The week passed sooooooo… quickly …  #missingyoualready John Mackenzie …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/io9KCK , 11th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

An Old Friend …!
It’s two plus years since we enjoyed a Chilean Malbec …   #homecomforts
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/ciNji4 , 10th March, 2018

 

 

 

 


The Colours of a Scottish Spring …

The snow has gone and Spring has quickly sprung in Karen Ewen and Eric John Ewen lovely garden …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/EDnHq2 , 8th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Fine Walk at Haddo House
A visit to an old favourite on this cold, crisp and bright afternoon …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/WgCHsa , 8th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedtime for Baby Sophie …!
Little Sophie, meeting Grandad John last night. She wasn’t in the mood for a photo-shoot …   #suchacutie
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/NjEG3r , 8th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cosy Coffee at King’s College, Aberdeen …
The walk around lovely Seaton Park’s now on hold till the rain stops………but the gorgeous coffee at Kilau’s an all-weather option …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/D4E1ke , 6th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

Caul and Weet in Aul Abeirdeen …
Sun-loving J’s first time home in over two years and the weather’s pulling out all the stops for him …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/QHHtwM , 6th March, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 


Houseswap …!

Enjoy the sun and your stay here, Karen and Eric.😊 We’re looking forward to getting to snowy and cold Edinburgh tonight …!   #houseswap #beastfromtheeast #timingcouldbebetter 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/DdX5jm , 4th March, 2018

 

 

 

 


Coastal Contingency …

A hike above Arona was our first choice today but low cloud and rain when we arrived there had us retreating back to the coast for a hastily thrown together Plan B … Los Abrigos to Chirinquito Pirata it was …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/te2ZZa , 2nd March, 2018

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