Talulah's Web Diary
Paul & Anette Morris
Sun 23 Jul 2006 15:08
Having recovered from the hangover that we got for some strange reason in Tenerife! we decided to hire a car and go up to La Teide, the volcano at the centre of the island. Driving up there was quite odd in terms of climate change. We drove from burning heat in in Santa Cruz, through cooling clouds and mist, eventually to the top of the island, where we drove through pine and eucalyptus forests in bright sunshine to the lava fields at the base of La Teide. The stark contrast of the fresh lava flows (last eruption in 1798), to the fresh green growth of the pine trees was strange. Often on the dark red lava ash, you would see green tentacles of weed reaching from one crevice to another. And everywhere flora trying to take over from the almost sterile stone and ash that lay around. Anette and I found it fascinating.
Down the mountain a little later to a restaurant with a splendid view, (and even more splendid wine), so that we could see over to Gran Canaria and the next stop on our journey....
The photos are:
1. Nothing but lava and volcanic ash
2. A walk along the base of La Teide
3. Scenery at La Teide
4. A rude awakening for Anette (what, am I on watch again!!??)
5. Two of the inhabitants of Tenerife discussion in the influx of tourists!