Pedraforca

Yesterday was a familiar day in a very special mountain. Pedraforca is a classic in Catalunya, one of the most popular. Despite isn’t the highest and is Prepyreness, the technical climbing and the image makes it very special, also crowded normally.

Now people of Barcelona can’t go there, is still a quiet place. We walk part of a route that is a 360° of the mountain.

This is the best view of the power of this amazing mountain.
2507 meters above the sea, but isn’t the highest mountain in Barcelona.

All around is forest and mountains, but never forget the past than this region the minerals are the main work of this region. The forest are very good, because they work down, also some open miners that still you can see. All trains are now just for tourist, green tracks to enjoy this amazing area.

The north face with and easy track, not in winter with ice.
Rivers cross the track, also some rocks can fail, specially in winter with snow and ice.

The storms are near, but we were lucky, we leave the area with fog. During the way coming home, rain was very heavy.

The picture in a peak with good view and lot of trees.

Great day in a place that always can discover places. Lot of paths to walk, some are very technical, but also you can do it easier. There are lot of possibilities in this area.

Normally the road have trafic jams, all the secundary valleys, have roads to the main one of the Llobregat river.

The views of the parking of the sightview where start the walking. Also there is a refuge of mountain.

Nothing compares to you

The time isn’t stopped, even sometimes you get loss after too many days and home.

The spring is amazing, this rainy April help to have this green landscape. Flowers, clean air, water the best way to spend time now.
Since Sunday children can be outside in this strange moments that we are living.

Happy day the first with children in the nature

The only thing I need is stay in the nature, breath and open my mind looking the nature with this perfect temperature.

I would like to move with my car and take pictures in more places, some hiking, but at the moment always at home and not too far away from home.

Is very difficult to keep clear the mind after all this long time. Very difficult to feel happy with this situation, very easy to feel stressed, worried and sad.

The truth is that I feel like this in last months, now I’m one more in this situation. Everybody have a reason to be worried, the future isn’t clear to anybody. The most positives persons also doesn’t feel safe at this moment.

We can’t do nothing, listen the news is like a joke, nobody believe what they said.

We wait that the time clear everything. The fog is with us, we don’t see our way.

The wall is just in front and we don’t know to climb it.

I hope the new order that everybody talk about, bring a return to the rural world.

Finish with the died villages, with more personal control but also with more facilities to work everywhere.

Maybe with this pandemic situation we learn that the urban world isn’t the best to keep the distances.

Learn to enjoy the moment, today could be the last day. Life in the earth is just casual.

When Matrix end, we will come back to the traffic jams, forgetting that our main problem is that we are too many people with a very bad distribution.
Places with a big past that now are empty, during centuries people survived, I can’t believe that now isn’t posible.

Come back to the new rural world, and understand than sometimes less is more. If you stay quiet is better than do it bad. Is time to think in the earth.

Use natural energy like the water…

I try to write my own thoughts in this situation, sometimes difficult to explain in English, but I hope that you understand some of them.

South Meseta

Big natural region where are important cities like the capital Madrid.

South Meseta is lower than the North Meseta. Also is drier and warmer, winter could be cold specially at nights. For me the most interesting natural thing is a big aquifer that we call the 23. Is very big but with too much use, lot of years with problems like subterranean fire for a natural process.

Lagunas de Ruidera are 16 lakes in the middle of a semidesertic area with less than 400 liters every year.
This is the green Mancha
The natural park of Daimiel is amazing area in the middle of cereal area.

Another important thing of the region are big number of castles and the windmills. Don Quijote the most important Spanish novel is in this area, he fight against the wind mills.

There are lot of places to visit following the famous novel, based in Argamasilla de Alba. There are a cave to visit and lot of windmills is a cultural visit to understand this landscape.

Consuegra is one of the best examples. Also Campo de Criptana with very colorful house and famous windmills.
Campo de Criptana
The last lake of Ruidera

Madrid and Toledo are the main cities to visit in this region if you like the history and need to see urban architecture.

Toledo is a very nice city to visit. If you prefer walk quiet and see from outside, the Tajo river has a natural way with nice views of the city.
Here is the 0 point, the main radial roads, just 6 start here in Sol.
Plaza Mayor, nice to visit at Christmas time with the traditional market. Big city, museums, theatre, shopping and big parks.
Cristal Palace in the Retiro Park of Madrid.

The Meseta is flat with some hills but you only see mountains when you arrive to the end or you go down into a river that can form a Canyon like the Jucar River.

Nice village with caves is Alcala de Jucar. The way is very nice, you start to go down in a totally flat area, when you are down looks like mountains is just a Canyon.

The wines are also important is this region where isn’t easy to find a shadow in the warm summer. Trees aren’t in this area, only in the mountains and areas near the rivers.

Quiet region with nice natural places to discover

My favorite place in the region is following the Guadiana river, even now isn’t totally clear where is born. Lagunas de Ruidera are the place that appears in most of the books. Sometimes is a subterranean river in the famous 23 aquifer. There the eyes of Guadiana where originally appears the Guadiana again. The irregular rain, and specially the massive use of water for the agriculture is a danger for this amazing natural water aquifer.

Enjoy this region with good roads in a flat area where the trips are easy.