Almond walk 2, 

 7th Feb 2014 (my birthday)

 

 
At 11.15 we started easterly out from the lower part of Arguayo.  The sun was shining- just.  The almond blossom was still adorning the trees although some petals had fallen. Martin and I were taking photographs as holly, Carol and John were walking ahead with Punto & Polka

 
There were plenty of almond trees in bloom. Mostly pink but with a few white. There was a barred  track off to the right which led to Galerie del Mollero

We could see the pumping station and the railway track which was used to transport the excavated stone from the gallery and piled up.

It is said that the island  has over one thousand galleries dug into the mountains,  over 1,700 kilometres in total length.

On Google Earth a water channel could be seen  as a white line. When we reached reached the channel the mystery was solved.

The channel was almost level and the flow was very little. Weed had been thrown out either side and had bleached white in the sun.

Carrying on up the track we came to the disused pumping station at Galeria del Gualijajo.

Both Martin and John were framed while Punto looked on

From this point on the track became a steep zig-zag foot path and we could look down on the Galeria del Gualijajo pumping station  and its rail track and also the white line of the water channel

The footpath was quite steep now and low cloud rolled in so I was pleased to find a stone to rest on

The aeoniums  were determined to colonized the lava flow which was put down relatively recently in 1906

Aeoniums usually stand up on stems as above but there is a flat variety photographed below

Aeonium tabuliforme 
A flattened, stemless rosette of tightly-packed leaves up to 6in in diameter.  This succulent plant is monocarpic (die after flowering) and generally a biennial. When about to flower, the centre rises to surround the flower spike of many yellow flowers.
 
 
A native of the Canary Islands, it grows especially in cracks in lava cliffs at a steep angle that prevents water from accumulating on the rosettes.
This photograph was taken at Mirador de San Pedro on the north coast

 

  Polka loves pine needles
Punto didn't really take part in Cowes Week Signs of a forest fire many years ago on this tree trunk
The footpath levelled out and we met about forty 8 to10 year old school children with three teachers doing the almond blossom walk in the opposite direction.
Holly likes to photograph cairns

We had hoped to walk a circular route and get back to the main road as shown on Goole Earth but after trying two tracks without success we decided to retrace our steps and return the way we came.

     

   

The walk down the hill was easier than walking up but because  it was rough I was glad to have a hiking pole

 

 

There were plenty of retaining walls built to form small fields

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