Monday, 3 August 2015

The Spanish Pyrenees - Part I

On the way to Spanish Pyrenees

The Pyrenees in the background








A little town we took a detour through. Still on the French side of the Pyrenees












At our destination for a couple of days: a campsite near a town, Jaca, in Spanish Pyrenees

It was extremely hot so we enjoyed the pool a lot, even though the water temperature was nowhere near the temperature of Grandad's pool!

An afternoon tea: a refreshing melon which wasn't enough for the two...

...so Micky went on looking for some plums...



... which she then shared (a very rare occasion!) with her older brother.

Beany the photographer and model!

Route I
Jaca – Posets-Maladeta Natural Park

The aim of our first route was to get to a glacier lake in Posets-Maladeta Natural Park. Since we were travelling from Jaca most of our way was on a sealed road and only the final few kilometres up in the mountains required a 4x4. Nevertheless, it was a lovely route and the meadow that unfolded in front of us as we reached the end of the track was absolutely stunning. However, to our surprise, there was no lake! We looked around and discovered that a further half an hour walk was required to finally get to the lake. Unfortunately, we weren’t prepared for a walk so we decided to turn around and drove back intending to find a pleasant spot for the night. We found one indeed and had a relaxing evening in beautiful surroundings. As we found out later, wild camping is allowed in Posets-Maladeta Natural Park from dusk to 8:00 a.m. but only above 2000m. We weren’t that high.


On the way to Posets-Maladeta Natural Park




On the off road track









A little plateau at the end of the track where we were supposed to find a glacier lake.





A refuge for walkers -basic but clean



Our campsite for the night

Although we've had the whole shower system for nearly a year now, we've been only using it to wash dishes. Now we finally used it for the first time as it is meant to. And it works perfectly!

   

Working!

A little walk in the surrounding woods



Route II
Plan – Benasque

It was another rather short but still beautiful route. It started in a pretty wee town called Plan. We spent basically a whole day there as the Tourist Information Office provided free Wi-Fi and also Aaron decided it was a good enough place to do some repairs on the car. Surely, the surroundings made it the right place for a stop, however, it was rather difficult to cope with the heat we were experiencing in Spain at the time. 

On the way to Plan





PLAN


Working again!





Hot, hot hot! 

Out of Plan, onto the track





Quite often we come across a track that is no longer a track but a sealed, or as in this case, paved, road.


Cows...

... and cows...


And more cows!



A little town on the way



Back on the road in search of campsite


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