Monday morning dawned bright and sunny and started in really well with the wonderful news that I had just become an uncle for the first time. Dexter George Colegate had entered the world just before midnight the previous night and we were so happy for my brother Chris and his partner Faye that a long, arduos labour had ended so well. Dexter looked gorgeous in the photos we discovered on our tablet when we woke and we just felt overjoyed at the happy event. We knew it was going to be a good day!
Alpine or Pyrennean treks) we soon reached the mast. From here we then traversed a flattened ridge to the second, slightly higher station next to Cerro Penones at 488m. Despite the relatively low altitude, since the hike had started at sea level the views were spectacular. Right beneath our feet the Caldera Volcanica de Majada Redonda formed by the ancient volcanic activity in the area was vast and set against a 360 degree panorama encompassing the sea to the south right around to the hills away to the north of Nijar and all of the rolling mountains and flattened plains in between. The entire scene was highlighted by a patchwork of shadows moving across the ground as the broken clouds blew past the sun.
Arriving back at the road after the primarily shallow descent, we just had the small matter of a 4km trek along the road to return to our motorhome. But although our legs were a little tired, with the setting sun ahead of us and the sparkling sea on our left we really didn't want this hike to end.
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