Catalonia, Exploring, Friends

A Mountainous Adventure, Part 3

And today, the final post of our mountainous adventure. Three days. Eight crazy people. One dog. Probably 1,000km. Amazing local food.

As I told you in A Mountainous Adventure, Part 2, Bob and I returned home on Sunday evening. Bob had been asked to give evidence on road safety to The Victorian Parliament in Australia. Due to the time difference this was scheduled for 4:30am Monday morning for us. So, at 4am the alarm went off and Bob got prepared for his Zoom call. It started promptly at 4:30am with seven parliamentarians asking Bob questions. I must say he was brilliant. 🙂 They finished at 5:00am and we went back to bed at 5:30am with the next alarm set for 7am. At 9am we were back on the road to the mountains to meet up with our crazy friends for another day of fun.

We met up with them at 11am and off we went for a celebratory cerveza.

We were so close to the border with France that we received text messages reminding us that roaming works throughout Europe but also a text with the numbers for the consulates in various locations in France.

Then we piled into two vehicles and up a gravel forest track we drove. For reference I’ve included the maps again. You can click on any images to make them larger.

Omm the dog was having just as much fun as we were.

Yuko, Omm, and Xan. All smiles.

When we stopped there were cars parked up and down the side of the track but no people…they were all hiking like we were about to do. It was so gorgeous.

The reward at the top of the hike was this beautiful lake.

Omm took no time at all in splashing into the lake and looking back expectantly at anyone who might throw a stick.

What’s better than one stick? Two…although one is a bit big.

Two sticks and a good shake. Omm is happy.

Following our hike we drove back down the track to Refugi De La Feixa, where Gloria had arranged lunch. Click on the link to see more about this incredibly special shelter in the mountains. You can choose your language to translate the page.

We started with cheeses, meats, salad, and of course wine and beer.

And then…paella with mountain mushrooms. OH MY GOD! It was all so yummy!

How this tiny shelter can create such incredible dishes is amazing. We ate, we drank, we laughed! So much fun!!!

Afterwards we walked across the track to see the horses wandering freely. What a gorgeous place.

Omm found more water to play in. ♥

I could have stayed there for hours watching them and taking more photos. But it was time to leave and head for home. We drove back down to where we had left the other two cars and said our goodbyes. 😦

As if the cows knew our reluctance to have this long weekend come to an end…they did their best to delay our departure.

And the road block…

And my favorite farewell photo…

I know that the three blog posts do not even touch the surface of sharing what we experienced and sharing what we saw. It was a fabulous weekend.

So to these crazy friends, Bob and I say THANK YOU!

Thank you for showing your beautiful country to us. Thank you for sharing places that are special to you…they are now special to us as well. You’ve welcomed us with open arms and embraced us. We are truly blessed!

Check out the other posts about this trip at these links. A Mountainous Adventure. Part 1 and A Mountainous Adventure, Part 2.

6 thoughts on “A Mountainous Adventure, Part 3”

  1. 3 dias inolvidables. Poco tiempo, demasiadas cosas por conocer, muchas ganas de pasarlo bien, buena comida, buen clima, gente maravillosa…

    Cuando conoces y quieres a alguien, tienes la necesidad de participarle todo lo que a ti te gusta.

    Sois geniales Xan y Bob. Vuestra disposición para conocer, compartir y querer es fantástica.

    Gracias por entrar en nuestra vida.

    Kim

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  2. This was so much fun!!!! The pup sure seemed to be having a ball. All those sticks and rocks littering a giant playground. I loved the shot of the stark logs across the top of a rock. How many amazing fun animals to photograph-cows and horses, oh my! I’m so glad you are able to be out and about and enjoying the world once more. You truly know how to do that. Bless you, my friend!

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