Teide National Park

Dan Spain (2009)

Well, since I had been functioning on no sleep when I set my alarm, it would figure that I set it wrong.  Instead of waking up at 8:30am, I woke up at 9am with only 15 minutes to quickly get ready to meet Melinda for breakfast. (I had set my alarm for 8:30pm!)  Luckily she had an article to file, so we ended up getting a bite on our own, and met down in the lobby at 10am, where Carlos, our guide for the day, picked us up.

We drove up into the mountains, as Carlos gave us some fascinating details about Tenerife and the Canary Islands. Pointing out various things along the way, we drive through a meandering road into the forest, and eventually went up to 2,000 meters elevation!

Mountain Road

Treeline

Some gorgeous views of the costal cities were marred only a little bit by the hazy weather (thanks to dust blowing in from Africa!) but it was still very cool to see. Soon we were above the tree line, and the whole area changed to a rugged volcanic area.  Lava formations, valleys of pumice laced with obsidian and other natural beauties were found here, as well as tourists. Lots of tourists.  Mainly German and Russian and Spanish.

Lava Flow

Lava Outcropping

Cathedral

We drove by Mt. Teide, the highest peak in the Atlantic Ocean, and Spain.  After seeing some more natural sites, we backtracked a bit then worked our way down to Valle de La Orotava, where we were going to have lunch.