This trip began in our way to the north, leaving behind Toledo, Madrid, Segovia and Ávila. It is amazing how the altitude is able to change the landscapes that much, from the desert in the middle of Spain to the quaking bog lands on the top of the mountains, decreasing more than 7ºC the average temperature. The highest point of the region is the Almanzor, 2592masl, and part of the mountain chain has been declared regional park. We went to the occidental part, with cities as Barco de Ávila or Béjar.

When we arrived to the house, close to the dam of Santa Lucía, we had to put everything in order, the food, the electrical appliances, water heater…

Something interesting about the water here is that it flows directly from a natural spring, and you can directly notice the quality difference with the tap water so, in order to provide the meals with something to drink, you have to go there and fill a bottle.

The first evening we walked around the dam, but first we had feel the essence of the forest walking through some flooded roads, which is quite ironic, because arriving to the reservoir the lack of water was really touchy for the eyes. The ground was cracked, and some trickles meandered down the hill in an intense orange color, probably due to the iron oxide that the water had.

After that, we found a dead vulture. This kind of things really affect me, I know they may be due to natural consequences, but having in mind the rest of the landscape, I guess the human factor has had an important relevance this time. Continuing our journey, we saw the waterfall where I used to catch tadpoles is now a smelly swamp with dead plants and mud, like the ones in The Lord of the Rings books. As Virginia Woolf said, someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more, it is really sad to be in this point to become aware of this problems, hope the solutions do not arrive late.

After that, we found a dead vulture. This kind of things really affect me, I know they may be due to natural consequences, but having in mind the rest of the landscape, I guess the human factor has had an important relevance this time. Continuing our journey, we saw the waterfall where I used to catch tadpoles is now a smelly swamp with dead plants and mud, like the ones in The Lord of the Rings books. As Virginia Woolf said, someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more, it is really sad to be in this point to become aware of this problems, hope the solutions do not arrive late.

The next day we visit a canyon close to the village and we spend the rest of the afternoon over there. Ascending the ravine, which was like the forest version of the parkour, we stopped in several puddles to enjoy the views. I remember me and my cousins, even with my grandmother doing the same tour. Those years were really different, when you are in the youngest part of the family. Actually, you realize how the family concept evolves with the time. Apart from this reflection, Asparagus and me ate our sandwich and we return in the evening.

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