Pose: Wide Legged Split with Side Bend
Sanskrit: Upavistha Konasana
Location: Siete Lagunas under the shadow of Mt. Mulhacen; tallest mountain on the Iberian Peninsula. Today we hiked up to Siete Lagunas. Our campground host gave us detailed instructions for the hike and was glowing about its beauty. This was an all day endeavor; at least 8 hours. We left early enough so that we would have time to order pizza in the village. Pizza seems to be our family’s meal of choice after all day hikes. It became a tradition in Curry Village, Yosemite a few years back. The first part of the hike leads through beautiful terraced farms on the outskirts of Trevelez. We saw plenty of cows and horses. Pretty soon after that there is a great look out point with an information sign pointing out places you can see from the view. It was a spectacular view of the river gorge and the surrounding mountains. After some more climbing we reached a refugio (a hut built for emergency shelter). We stopped and took our lunch break. The place we were sitting had more ladybugs than I’ve ever seen in one spot. I also accidentally stuck my hand in a spiny bush. After a rest, we kept going and the trail got steeper and steeper. We had several river crossings and walked next to melting glaciers. It was incredibly beautiful. One last little push up a super steep rock pile and we finally made it to the lake. There are supposed to be 7 of them (siete lagunas) but we just stopped at the first one for a rest before heading back. While we were resting there were several mountain goat/deer type animals grazing around us. I wish we had more time to hang out up there, but if we wanted to get back in time for pizza we had to leave. As it turned out, we got back too early for pizza because our American schedule is so deeply engrained in us. (See typical Spanish schedule in previous post). We had to wait an hour before we could order our food, so we showered at the campground and rested. Finally we were able to gorge ourselves on pizza and then crash. We are waking up very early in the morning to start the 8 hour drive to Barcelona. Wishing we could have spent more time here in the mountains.
Photography Credit: Brandon