Gary gets an A+ for the suggestion of the day…….”let’s go to Mesquite and hike the 9 km trail”!!!!!
This lovely trail is a combination of rural roads, mountain paths and the occasional asphalt road. It’s circular, which I love as we don’t have to backtrack at all. Quite a wonderful diversity of habitats and landscape.
Just starting, all shiny and full of energy.
Totally motivated and geared up for our three hour hike.
The trail winds along may walled paths and is frequently flanked by walled farmland. Very beautiful and of course our eyes were open for any new flora!
Our trusty bamboo poles helped us stay balanced along many parts of the path that were either quite rocky or wet.
These lovely old walls were scattered throughout the hike.
Many beds of wild gladioli.
Many chimneys along the route caught our eye.
The boy in the cistus!!!
I loved how this house literally shone in the distance thanks to the luscious colour.
We came upon several beds of wild peonies, which made me do a happy dance. I’ve been watching for them for the last three winters.
Somehow she looks as if she was up to no good!!!
An action shot!!!!
Crossing the spring which was overflowing across the road.
OK, can I jump it? do I wade through it? Should I made Pat go first???
A close-up of the peony.
I loved this majestic cork tree.
The landscape was quite versatile…..carob, olive, fig, orange, lemon trees, just to name a few. Sage, thyme, cork, peonies, orchids, again, just to name a few.
Sorry Erika!!!!! We first heard, then saw, many of these along the route. Anywhere there was water, you could hear them singing and calling.
Loved the scarecrow in the fig trees.
This was just inside the gate of a lovely old farm house.
The cork trees and broom, rolling down the side of the mountains.
Sneaking a peak in an old abandoned house and discovering a wonderful bed of freesia on the patio.
This orchid I love…..I forget the name..
Dancing wild gladioli.
Winding our way though a tiny roadway….with the sound of barking dogs all around us!!.
A wall cascading with every colour of freesia.
Getting towards the end of our journey.
Love the colour and detail on this old house in the middle of nowhere.
Patricia and a wall of rock roses…..tiny yellow buds brightening up the garden,
Love this chimney.
This vibrant blue was quite beautiful against the green of the grasses.
A mimonsa tree
Close-up of the mimosa
Towards the end of the trail
Another tiny orchid……deep colour.
I think this was just opening.
I know I can, I know I can, I know I can!!!
A couple of panoramas to let you appreciate the view and the route.
A happy little bug enjoying the flora!!!
Tell me this doesn’t make you say…..ohhhhhh?
A bermuda buttercup and a poppy dancing together.
What a marvelous day it turned out to be for all of us. Lots of laughter, fun conversation, exploring together and of course, building up an appetite. You have to know by now it all comes down to food and our bellies!!!!
Frango for Pat, Marc and myself
Bacalhau a bras for Gary
Such a grand adventure we had and hopefully you enjoying seeing the photos as much as we did taking them.