Postcard from Sierra Blanca

Hike to Cascajares, Andalucía. Photo ©

Went on a sunset hike to Cascajares last night. The stone formations are similar to the Rif mountain chain in Northern Africa, as the two continents were linked just a few million years back. On a clear day one can see across to Africa from the 1416-meter peak, but the August heat brings in clouds from the humid coast, which made for a dramatic, albeit cloudy evening sky.

We managed to get down to the lower trails before nightfall, running into at least a dozen brown scorpions on the road back to the car. Maybe our headlights bothered their nightly hunt?





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