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Live from Tenerife - day 5

flowers on TenerifeNo need for a Plan B today – everything went according to plan, despite the inclement weather that seems to be lingering. Today's rewalk was challenging – uphill for 7km from the coastal town of Los Silos into the mountains, then 6km to the town of Erjos and the return. It was hard work – it's still humid but it's a very rewarding walk, climbing up through a dramatic barranco (ravine), and returning via a valley filled with flowers. In fact, June is a great time for flowers on Tenerife, from the red spikes in the desert crater to cacti and just about everything else. I'm no botanist, but you cannot but fail to be impressed by the flowers along the wayside and I took many photos as I walked.
near Erjos on TenerifeAs I climbed, the sea slowly disappeared behind me and I soon entered the Tenerife mist cloud. Now, I must emphasise that there's no need to view this mist in a negative way. When it's hot, as today, it's actually much better walking weather to be in the mist. As this walk is mainly through forests and scrub, the views are obscured by trees, hills and ridges anyway. After an hour or so, I came up to the track to the mountain village of Erjos and it was here that I burst through the cloud (right) and into the sunshine. El Teide was clear ahead (below) and it was obvious that the rest of the island was enjoying brilliant sunshine. I followed this track to Erjos, the archetypal one-horse town – or donkey, in this case – and was soon seated in the plaza quenching my thirst.
It wasn't long before I set off down a different barranco which is a protected site for flora and fauna. I hadn't gone far before the delicious heat actually made me long for the coolness of the mist. We get so few truly hot days in Britain that I felt guilty for thinking so, but the shade from the midday sun was very welcome indeed. Now I'm back in Garachico – I've had a traditional 'cerveza grande' (well, it would be rude not to); I've enjoyed bacalao for dinner; and I ache all over – not that lethargic drowsiness from doing nothing all day, but that wonderfully rewarding tiredness from having achieved something. I think it's time for bed. (This will be my last 'Letter from Tenerife', so I hope you've enjoyed sharing my experiences with me...)
Erjos, Tenerife
Posted: 14/06/2011 20:01:08 by | with 1 comments
Filed under: Canary islands, gastronomy, nature, Spain, walking, wildlife

Steve J
Sounds good... hope you enjoyed your well-deserved cerveza grande y bacalao, Peter!...
16/06/2011 01:37:48

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