Eighty

IMG_2508A Year of Yoga: March 22, 2014

Pose: One-legged crow, Flying crow

Sanskrit: Eka Pada Bakasana

Location: Somewhere in the lower Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain. I finally found some nature! This is what I have been waiting for since arriving in Spain. The Spanish Sierra Nevada is the highest mountain range in Europe, although it doesn’t hold a candle to our California Sierra Nevadas. Highest peaks here are around 10 – 11k. Not bad. Most of the higher elevations are still covered in snow, so we had to settle ourselves with a hike at around the 3 -4k level. To start the hike, we took a bus from Granada to the small mountain village of Guejar Sierra. From there we hiked up to the edge of town where the trailhead is. It was a gloomy cloudy day, but it didn’t stop us. The hike was about a six mile loop. For the first couple miles we basically climbed straight up; no switchbacks. Definitely tougher than I expected. Once we reached the top of the saddle we stopped and made a picnic lunch out of apples, olives, cheese, bread and beer. We also ran into a guy walking about 5 dogs and they were running all over. (Our family has a dog obsession). After lunch we continued on and found some old Spanish Civil War bunkers. For those that don’t know, in the mid 1930’s when Franco came into power, various revolutionaries fought a civil war (and eventually lost) against him. They hid out in the hills above Granada and we came upon some of the bunkers they used. Exploring these bunkers made me sad for the soldiers that fought for and lost control of their country to a cruel fascist dictator. While we had stopped off at the bunkers, we also were witness to a helicopter rescue of a man who had fallen and sprained his leg or ankle or something. His friends told us it wasn’t too serious but that he wouldn’t have been able to hike out. We all walked carefully after that though. The rest of the hike passed uneventfully except that it got a lot gloomier and mistier and we were all thoroughly cold and exhausted by the time we returned to Guejar. We had about an hour to wait for our bus ride home, so we found a cafe and enjoyed some cafe con leches (aka cappuccino) and chocolate waffles. We made it safely back to Granada after that and were all in bed early (by Spain standards). Can’t wait for more hiking in Spain!

Photography Credit: Lulu

 

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