Getting into the thick of things. Growth is strong, temperatures were moderate and rain was regular. Ideal climate for July/August.
Two further hurdles remaining after reaching the top ahead.
Someone familiar coming out of the forest.
A fair reflection of the forests and the trail.
Reaching the refugi for brunch.
Turning to face the next mountain and spotting the refugi. Six years ago, we spent a delightful night in it.
The reward: Liquid in a red can. We remember our drinking experiences in Nepal: In Kathmandu, we would pay 80 cents for a can of Coke. As we climbed higher, the price followed the trend. A few miles from Everest Base Camp, we paid $6 for a can. At the time, I could not resist spoiling ourselves although I did feel guilty. After observing the Sherpas carrying crates up the mountains, my guilt changed in favor of their hardships, the lives these tough fellows endure. The price at the refugi got to $3.75 a can. When we stayed overnight on the last occasion we were in Andorra, I helped the owner unload supplies from a helicopter. Clearly, the transportation costs make up a sizeable amount of the cost/price.
We look down toward part of the trail followed.
At that stage on our return, we were pretty tired. I wonder whether Jen was contemplating a shortcut.
It's overwhelming at times.
At the very informal entrance to the park, quite a location to choose to live.
The highest mountain in Andorra.