23 August 2008
The area around Yunquera, in Andalucia’s “Sierra de las Nieves” is famous (maybe even world famous) for its concentration of beautiful and majestic “Pinsapo” pine trees. Although we’ve been there several times in the past, we decided to head up there early this morning, to take in some of the cool mountain air.
We’d hoped to drive the jeep all the way up to the parking area at the Mirador de Luis Ceballos, and then hike the 11km route up to the “Pico de los Enamorados”, a peak we’ve yet to climb. But, unfortunately, the road was closed about 3km from the Mirador, due to high risk of fire. (The Pinsapo forest is one of the most carefully protected regions in Andalucia.)
So, we parked the car at the gate, and decided to walk the rest of the road up to the Mirador. It was an absolutely refreshing morning—cool, crisp, with a cloudy overcast to keep the hot sun away.
At the top, we had snack, and took some photos. One photo of me was quite interesting, as by chance the camera caught a yellow jacket bee flying right by my forehead when the flash went off!
Arriving back at the car around mid-day, we had lunch at our favorite “venta” just below Tolox, and then decided to take the dirt road home, from Tolox to Monda and down to Marbella. On the way, we stopped off to find another trail we missed before, “Sendero La Rejia” (where we played some pine cone soccer.)