Troy and Sue's Camino travel blog

Filling up with water before today's walk

Snow capped mountains

Rest stop

The trail we'd walked.

As close as we got to the snow-capped mountains

Highest point today

Weather forecast - 5-8 degrees. But, was lovely sunny day. Got down to just a thermal and t-shirt for a little while.

Got cooler when we stopped for lunch, 2 more layers back on.

Berchules is 1322m above sea level. Today's walk took us to 1900m. Calves and thighs got a work out. Walking poles invaluable.

We walked through traditional farming land. Currently, cherry tomatoes are the crop of choice. In the past chestnuts, almonds, cherries, plums, mulberries (for silk industry) were grown and trees are still scattered around. A few are starting to blossom but mostly without leaves or flowers at the moment.

The Sierra Nevada national park starts from about 2000m so we weren't in the park but it rose above us and provided amazing scenery.

Our guide, George, told us much of the history of farming this rough landscape. The melting snow from the mountains provides water to the terraced farms. It's distributed by hand dug channels (Acequia) and each farmer has access to this for a certain number of hours a week. There has been a drought in the area for the last 4 years and only the last month has brought much needed rain and better snow fall.

Met the local cowboy - he keeps 20 cows and runs a local bar where we had a beer and tapas after the walk.

Siesta time and then another fabulous dinner prepared by Alejandro.

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