Picnic packed….check; sun shining……check; seven bodies in two cars…..check. Hike, here we come.
Pat M and Joan opted to stay home and challenge each other to a crib game (or two), but the rest of us headed off to Mesquita to enjoy the 9 km hike that Marc, Pat, Gary, and myself have done in other years. It was a perfect day for it.
Here we are, fresh as daisies, about to head off.
Have to make sure we are all in the photos!!!
This is the start of the trail. Tell me you don’t find this inviting and beautiful.
It was pointed out that I am not in most of the photos on my blog so……Marc made certain I was in one today!!!
The trail, which today was well marked, took us through a couple of tiny hamlets, active farmland, abandoned farmland, cork forest, along old dirt roads and a section of asphalt road. Very varied, which made for great photo opportunities and kept us interested and engaged throughout.
A couple of lovely wall tiles inserted in the cement, usually near the front door.
Second wall tile
I love that they used the fence for a clothesline……why not?
Look at all these tiny olive flowers. What an amazing tree the olive is.
Many beautiful flowers on the walk today. At a couple of places we stumbled on wild peonies, some open, many about to pop. Also orchids…….I am saddened that my camera is not functioning properly and consequently most of my close-up photos were trashed today. I did, however, get a few beauties.
A wild peony
One of many breathtaking vistas we experienced.
I love the valley with the rolling hills off in the distance. Imagine the tranquility at night for those folks living in this “tucked away” environment.
Caught the back end of Diane and Pat as they lagged behind and we had rounded a huge bend in the road.
We spent about 10 minutes or so on this well worn gravel road passing along a tiny ravine on one side and farm land on the other.
Laurie, Marc and Dawn heading down a much appreciated hillside……..of course, what goes down eventually goes up!!
Patricia and the cork tree…..doesn’t that sound like a great title for children’s book?
We did see another couple of folks enjoying the hike but for the most part, we were alone on the trail. Probably a good thing with all the giggling, chatting and laughing we were enjoying!
Came upon an old abandoned reservoir and when I looked down I saw this tortoise and frog. Seemed to me they were sort of keeping each other company. I couldn’t figure how they got in there but they certainly weren’t getting out. Thank goodness there are lots of bugs around to keep them fed.
Passed a roadside building that had this lovely vine of wisteria in bloom.
Doesn’t she look like a Hobbit on the roof of this house???
This cyclamen growing wild all along the patio of an abandoned old house.
And there is the abandoned house. Note the freesia in the doorway.
This rather large plot of calla lilies is growing wildly all along the side yard of the old house.
Patricia….drunk on freesia!!
By this point in the hike we were starting to get a bit hungry. The plan was to find a lovely old field, sit back in the shade and relax for a bit. As it turned out, we found the ideal spot and our chicken sandwiches (I roasted two chicken last night and Marc made us all sandwiches this morning) were delicious. We had carrot sticks, radishes, turnip sticks, olives, figs, almonds, walnuts and I think an orange or two may have been devoured.
There was so much to see and enjoy on this particular hike. Every turn in the path and every backward glance provided new optics.
Lovely house high on the hillside looking over several valleys.
Remnants of an old vineyard.
This cross, in what is now the middle of nowhere, dated to 1860.
Scilla peruviana detail
If you look carefully you will see the sea off in the distance.
A tiny house near the end of our walk had a lovely flower patch all along the wall.
Look at that orange.
I simply loved the colours and angles in this photo.
The roses, which normally come in April, are just starting to open.
Another cross near an old home on the side of the road. It was dedicated to somebody who had died in 1860!!! Wasn’t anywhere near the last old cross but coincidence on dates???
My husband, enjoying the hike and posing for me near a wall of rock roses.
I liked the design on the top ledge of the house. I could live here!!
And all good things must come to an end. By the time we finished our walking and sidebar wanderings, we had accomplished 10,5 km. Not bad at all especially given not everybody is an avid walker/hiker like me. I think it was a wonderful hike for one and all and in all our estimations, deserved a reward. Photo taken by Marc.