Our plan this morning was to go for a hike off of El Paseo de los Tristes at 10:30! There is a church on that road, so that is why the name was given, because people heading to funerals always had to take that road to get there. Anyways, there’s a spot off to the side of it that leads into the mountains, so we decided to see where it went!
It started off with a paved road, and eventually became more of a small trail where we were walking in a single file line. I was loving it!
We got about a mile in and were surrounded by mountains and beautiful views, but the trail was starting to head down! Shouldn’t we be going up?? Then we saw tents, bikes, fire pits, and realized that people were living in this little patch in the woods. Ooooops. We were going to turn around then and there, but there was a sign with an arrow that read “camino” which I’m pretty sure means that the trail continues this way. So we kept going.
Pretty again! For half a mile. I was about to cross a bush on a tiny little trail, but I heard a meow in the bushes. I’m not afraid of cats for the most part, but I couldn’t see where in the bush it was! It was also a meow that was long, like it was starving. I just had this image of it jumping on us and everyone else seemed kind of nervous, so then we did head back to the beginning. All in all, a weird experience hiking. I think we must have taken a wrong trail or something because we saw a ton of people at the bottom of the hike, surely they weren’t going to the same place we had came from??
But we hadn’t gotten far like we planned. We were all ready with snacks, water and good hiking gear! So our “hike” ended up turning into a long walk, we walked 7.5 miles through the gardens of the Alhambra and the area nearby.
First we walked to Generalife, its like a garden part of the Alhambra to picnic before we walked a few miles.
And we kept walking, there is so much to see in this part of Granada! Palm trees, organge trees, cacti (is that the plural of cactus?), mountains, streams…
It was long and tiring, but I’m so glad that we all got up to do this long hike-turned-walk! I was starved when we got back, luckily we had paella waiting for us! (I probably ate way too much of it). The shrimps were big and still had the eyes on them, but I am allergic and Joanna (our other roommate doesn’t like them) so they were all Julia’s! She had to learn how to rip it’s head off and get the shell off neatly, so I looked the other way for that part…
After lunch, I decided to go for a 7-mile run! The weather was perfect and I actually think I got a little tan from it 🙂 I haven’t run that far in a while, I hope I do it more. I actually wrote a post about running that I need to put up on the blog soon!