Later today we will be heading to Portimão to hang Marc’s exhibition, which officially opens tomorrow. Very exciting for him, such a wonderful opportunity to have the kind of coverage he wants here in the Algarve.
This morning however, Joanne and I had decided to head off to São Miguel as it’s close and a relatively middle of the road type hike. We took a route that Joanne had not yet explored and at the half way point, instead of continuing upwards, we took an extreme right and headed down a “wrong way” road for about 2 kms, simply to explore while enjoying the fabulous view, then we returned and finished the hike.
We saw a rabbit, a hawk, a few grouse, and many signs of boar but not the animal itself. Mother Nature also blessed us with a few new wildflowers, which always delights me.
We had worn a sweater as it was only 15 degrees when we left the house but within five minutes of walking upwards, they came off and as usual, we carried them in our knapsack. What a surprisingly warm hike it turned out to be.
As we wandered down an old rocky path we rounded a bend and there we found several bee hives, the sound of happily buzzing bees greeted us almost before we saw the hives. On the ground near them somebody had thrown a few large pieces of honeycomb, which were sweet smelling, glistening, and covered in bees. I’m not sure why.
The hike from start to finish was 1h22 minutes and was close to 8 km, much of that uphill. As always, we both enjoyed it immensely. As we headed home I took a small sidebar route that I thought might provide me with some other wildflowers and I wasn’t disappointed.
And finally, this very large and interesting looking rock…….from a distance I thought it resembled a VERY large skull. Up close it had a marble texture, or sheen. Interesting.
Lunch is behind us, Marc’s paintings are ready to be loaded in the car, and Portimão awaits. Till tomorrow.