Ailsa’s travel photography challenge: Pathways

I’ve walked a million miles in the past few weeks, many of them on sealed surfaces and others on dirt paths.  The following photos were taken on two difficult climbs.  The first two show the path up to the Abbey of St Martin of Canigou in France;  I walked up the 3 kms and down again which was steep but not TOO harsh because the path is sealed.  But some older people in our group took the optional jeep ride which apparently is not always better;  some said they had vertigo looking at the edges.

Jeep doing 3-point turn on a hairpin bend;  straight drop down at the edge.

Jeep doing 3-point turn on a hairpin bend; at the edge, straight drop down!

Abbey of St Martin of Canigou at the top of the 3 km path

L’Abbaye de Saint Martin du Canigou at the top of the 3 km path (check out the cloud!)

This next photo was taken from half-way up a steep dirt track on my way to Cap Béar, though I never got there.  When I reached this point my heart was pounding and I was breathing heavily, absolutely alone and a wee bit scared, so I made the decision to descend.  The track is grazed out of the hillside and sometimes supported by improvised stone steps.  Very steep but not frightening for genuine hikers.  And on the subject of pathways, from up on the hill there’s a great view of the pathway to the lighthouse, that is, the jetty.

Half way up the hill on the path to Cap Béar, France;  looking over the jetty and lighthouse

Half-way up the hill on the path to Cap Béar, France; looking over the jetty and lighthouse

This post was inspired by Ailsa’s Pathways: have a look at the awesome paths she has trod.

14 thoughts on “Ailsa’s travel photography challenge: Pathways

    • From the cape (if you get there) you can see all the way to Spain. It was a beautiful day, which was some compensation for not being able to continue the trek, which the tourism office told me was easy. It isn’t.

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    • I agree. The walk up to the abbey was pleasant – the trees all the way to the top are stunning right now with new bright green leaves. Coming down was a cinch…

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    • There were some really cool clouds up there – I saw a zeppelin and a spinning top. Not like any clouds I’ve seen before. But then, I don’t often go up mountains. I prefer to stay beside the sea.

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