Showing posts from March, 2010

Snow, Sun and Fun! Ciao winter!

The afternoon sun through a snowy pine-forrest Dear Citizens of the World! The winter is comming to an end! Yippeeeeeee! Recently we (six fearless mountaineers from the AtuBola Group) were able to go for a hike in the mountains of Madrid. We started in Miraflores de la Sierra and went 500 meters up to Morcuera mountain pass ( gps route in wikiloc ). It was a cold day, but we had lots of sun. The Sierra is beautiful with snow and we had lots of fun trying to hike up and down some of the sections with snow that came up to our thighs. I leave you with a few pics and comments from our trip: Fall's last breath caught in the ice ... Still cold, but... Spring starts to rear it's head amongst the vestiges of last year. A mountain goat moving slowly through the snow near the mountain pass... Shadows of dead weeds... Tones of bare trees and snow... The ice-cicles mix with the roots... Pillows of snow covering the bolders... You are welcome to the villages public slaughtering...and feast!

Inspiration from TED

The "City of Science" in Valencia - one of the most inspiring exhibits of architecture in the world Dear Citizens of the World! Inspiration comes in many forms and shapes. Usually you don't expect it... and when you need inspiration, it never seems to come. Now that has changed. The Internet has many tools that help to light fires in people all around the world. The inspirational tool that seems to work every time is TED. TED is a nonprofit that spread ideas related to T echnology, E ducation and D esign. There are tons of short - two to 20 minute long - videos on a variety of topics. They are all interesting. The big problems seems to be that I spend too much time watching them! If you are ready to be inspired... I dare you to watch! The United Statesian

Almond Blooms and Ships in the air

Almond tree blooms in Desierto de las Palmas, Castellon, Spain Dear Citizens of the World, Recently, I have neglected one of my favourite hobbies . For some reason, having Galloping Spanish Blightus (pneumonia) reduced my hikes in the mountains to.... zero. Not good for my health - especialy my mental health. Getting a GPS gave me an extra reason to restart my weekend sorties in the mountains of Spain. Now it is possible for me to download tracks from and do just about any hike imaginable - as long as my legs will take me. It is quick and easy. Then you can upload your routes, comments and pictures for all to see and use. Here you can find my most recent sortie in Castellon Spain in the Desierto de las Palmas Natural Park. Monestary ruins surrounded by Almond Tree flowers We did 12km and 600m of climbing in this fun hike. The pinkish red rocks, steep terrain, monestaries, hermitages, ruins, views of the coast and mountains were even better with the almond tree blooms. Th