Thursday, March 1, 2012
Walking in sunshine
Finally, without encountering another person, we decided that the trail was becoming too narrow, rough and washed out to follow and we turned around. As our walk so far had been mostly downhill the return trip was of course mostly uphill - unfortunately! But we were soon back at our car with minimal whining. The two hour walk had gone by quickly, and we were soon rolling back down the mountain. Literally rolling, as it sometimes amuses Seamus to see how far our little car will roll in neutral - pretty much the full 8 km trip home in this case.
Walking is a way of life in this area. Fortunately, all the walks in the mountains aren't climbs as you can choose to follow old paths that go around the mountains connecting ruined farms and villages. Even our village requires a fair bit of walking as parking is at a premium and we have been warned to leave our car at home between June and the end of September, which is high tourist season here. Already we are seeing a few more tourists in the village and can't imagine what the summer months will be like.