December 2018 Walk
An unprecedented 15 people arrived from San Juan de Terreros and some of them even had stick(s) as they had been told. Another 10 were from Murcia and most of them did not have sticks either.
The first ascent, up the hills behind Bolnuevo. had the less fit blowing hard, but the walk soon levelled out and the straggling crowd made it to the first stop. The walkers then split and Joan, Walk Leader, led those aforementioned on the low road to the Ave Maria shrine and Deputy Jon took the rest on a taxing climb and descent.
After another rest the group set off via the old Danish site hut and down the valley to another choice. The fitter lot went off to the Roman Quay while the remainder meandered along the main track. The second group enjoyed their cliff top track and the women had the added bonus of spying on a scantily clad swimmer (naked).
The lunch was in Restaurante Rincon and was enjoyed by all and included 7 additional Humanists. Free drinks at the end rounded off the afternoon nicely. Thanks to Danni and his gang.
Almeria Walk March 2018
Most people met at Meson Pepas on time, next to the fountain with no water. The drive to the start was uneventful, no convoys to negotiate, and the walk began with a fellow telling Mike L that we were all mad to go up the hill. The first stop was the crystal mine.
We were joined by Rog & Sue who had had problems with constipation (of their dog?). Angie lost her soul (Ed: should that not be sole?), some string was found by a basura and repairs were made. Interesting walk with historical details supplied by Mike B. Lovely goats on top of tree branches, a smelly sewerage farm, and to round it off a long hill.
Back to the Venta for lunch. Everyone liked the food, particularly the fish. Thanks to Mike & Mike.
Spring Equinox 2018
The walk began at Los Puertos, near Tallante, and headed around the neighbouring countryside. It followed a path with unique plants, old carob trees and a few fincas with big dogs.
Great views and ably led by Audrey. After 3 hours, the eight walkers drove to Gran Ventica Restaurante in Las Palas where they were joined by Deryck & Margaret and had a really good menu del dia for 11€.
After the meal, Annie handed a Spring Equinox Questionnaire with 12 of the most difficult questions
imaginable. Audrey won with 8 correct answers.
Easy Walk 10th March 2018
April 2018 Walk
Nine walkers from San Juan, 4 from Totana, 2 from Lorca, 2 from Camposol, 2 from Bolnuevo, 1 from the Puerto and a dog set off from Los Puertos de Santa Barbara, near Tallante, for a 3 hour walk in the campo. The leader was Audrey who kept the group together while setting a good pace. Beautiful Murcia scenery, unique plants, old carob trees and a few fincas with big dogs and a lot of chat.
Lunch was held at La Gran Ventica in Las Palas where the hosts provided a vast quantity of great food. Will definitely return when the dieting programme kicks in.
January Walk 2018
The walk started from Los Lobos and went gently up a rambla. And then the 16 walkers found themselves in a gully, a narrow gully, and a cliff face! The two Mikes kept that one quiet! No footholds, no handholds and half of it smooth.
The women had to be helped up and Paco did not take kindly to Mike B's assistance and slid down the smooth side of the enormous cliff.
The rest of the walk was incident free. No cast member fell (pushed?) down any mine shafts and the views were spectacular.
The lunch took place at La Venta, so no Belgian stew. Good service, good food and only 13€ including a generous tip. The acoustics were not good, so a discussion of changing the day of the Almeria walk was carried over to the next time.
Boxing Day Walk 2018
Seventeen guilty people met at Oasis in Bolnuevo to walk off the extra pounds (kgs) that they had consumed over the weekend. They followed the coast towards Percheles, negotiating the new barriers erected by the Agente Ambiente and arrived at the Roman Quay to discover no French woman in a cave and the parking area planted with palm trees. The Agente have been busy.
The party split with everyone, bar Jon, Liam and Mike (?), heading for the main track while the aforementioned 3 took to the beach and the cliffs.
At the “bullfighter’s plot”, they separated again while Jan, Audrey (!!), Mike and Allan, ambled back along the coast, the rest set off up the valley. The weather was fantastic and the views stunning.
Liam took the high road and the group took the low road but they all ended up at Restaurante Las Redes on the Bolnuevo Paseo. They were joined by the President, the Hon. Secretary and a well known local gardener, painter and music aficionado.
Great food, different from the norm for a menu del dia. It would have been nicer if they had been a little more generous with the drinks but overall a new and interesting venue.
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