A few days ago, I was able to step away from my volunteering duties at El Balcon del Cielo, and was able to escape into Spain’s Sierra Nevada National Park to do some exploring.
One of the amazing things about the little town of Trevelez is that there are at least 7 hikes that begin from the town. Literally, the trails begin in the three different plazas that the town has – complete with detailed maps that are color coded for those of us who have, umm, how shall I say, “difficulty” with the Spanish language.
I want to share my experience with everyone, but didn’t know what to say, so I figured, why not tell you in 16,000 words? (don’t worry, they are in pictures).
So, I swear I’m not trying to sound like Mr. Rodgers, join me for a hike, won’t you?
I began the trail as the sun was starting to light the sky,
found the first trail marker,
and began walking along side the Rio Trevelez.
The first climb brought me my first view of the river valley,
and officially entered the park.
Shortly thereafter, the sun broke through the clouds and shined its first light on the surrounding peaks.
I found the most well-constructed bridge I have ever seen on a trail,
Along with the largest frog I have ever seen (seriously, it was about as big as my head – and I have a large head!).
I passed some wildflowers,
made sure I was still on the right trail,
and found an abandoned casa with a waterfall in its back yard….
along with some horses I am pretty sure I saw in a more than a few 80’s-hair-band-love-ballad-videos.
After lunch I turned around and headed back down the valley.
Towards the end, I was able to catch one last glimpse of the valley,
Before re-finding the town of Trevelez.
It was a good hike along the river valley, and the best way I can think of to spend a day.
Thanks for joining me on a hike!!