Sorry for the late posting!
Yesterday was a washout. A front came through spawning at least 3 storms during the day.
This is a bummer, as it was the day I was to actually fly for the first time. We’ve got the theory out of the way, we’ve practiced, and it’s time to go up.
Still, when you’ve got lemons...
We made the most of it. We started by heading over to the town of Nerja.
It was a little bit wet.
When we got to Nerja, it was pretty enough, but we didn’t pass anything particularly photogenic. We chatted a little, and decided to go to the caves at Nerja...
I loved these formations that look like draped cloth. Apparently, the way these form is water flowing over a surface. Microscopic patterns cause the initial patterns, and then they grow from there. The bottoms are cut off as neatly as if someone pulled out the scissors.
The cavern was massive. Easily 3 football fields long. In this image, you can just make out another walkway in the distance.
This is a massive 32 meter tall column of stone. At some point thousands of years ago there was an earthquake which dislodged some of the column (seen to the right at a 45 degree angle). Then the column continued forming. It is now in the guiness book of world records as the tallest cave column in the world. I think this is the wine they call ‘Church Organ’.
Another bit of scarring from an earthquake...you can see how the column formed, and then was slightly angled in the earthquake. The water continued to drop, however, and created new bits of stone that go vertical.
Oh the way back, we saw this little bridge... Kinda looks like an aqueduct, but we weren’t close enough to see what it was really for or its age.
This was the kind of landscape we drove through. On the left-hand side you can see a little of the terracing that is *everywhere*.
As we neared the campsite, we saw a farmer out with his goats and sheep.
Then, it was time for laundry. Ugh. I *still* have clothes hanging everywhere in my cabin trying to dry them out.
As one of the students got back to Gibraltar, this was the weather there. It was a big storm, apparently.
Last night was had a good night hanging out at the cafe, and making way too much noise.