Change of strategy

Energy to pull off visits to the ports on our own fizzled right after our first stop, when Joe came down with a nasty cold. We skipped a visit to Malaga, Spain so Joe could recover. We took a short walk in Arrecife, Canary Islands and strolled on the beach, dipping our feet into the cool waters of the Atlantic. That was all he could handle. One last stop remained before our ship headed across the ocean for seven days, and we tried to make the most of it: a day in Tenerife, Canary Islands.

The towering, 12,200’ Mount Teide, dropped to a volcanic landscape. The distance from the ship’s dock to Mount Teide National Park presented a challenge – but finding a few others who wanted to do the same trek and sharing transport seemed do-able – until it wasn’t. Joe was still recovering so we changed our strategy by reserving two seats on a cruise tour bus heading up to the park.

Joe rested and looked out the window. Beth snapped photos of the ever-changing landscape as the bus climbed from sea level to 8,000’. All the photos (below) were taken from the moving bus unless noted otherwise.

Canary pines, a tree endemic to the Islands, grows only up to a 2,000’ elevation.

Canary island pines, a tree endemic to the Islands, grows only up to a 2,000’ elevation.

We waited for Mount Teide to lose its cloud cover, but it never happened (which we understand is rare on the sunny Canaries).

We waited for Mount Teide to lose its cloud cover, but it never happened (which we understand is rare on the sunny Canaries).

At a café stop on the way up the mountain, we photographed a perfectly preserved extinct volcano with greenery growing in the crater.

At a café stop on the way up the mountain, we photographed a perfectly preserved extinct volcano with greenery growing in the crater.

he base of Roque Cinchado is breaking apart faster than the top so, at some point in the future, the formation will collapse. We photographed when the bus stopped briefly for us to walk around the rock formations.

The base of Roque Cinchado is breaking apart faster than the top so, at some point in the future, the formation will collapse. We photographed when the bus stopped briefly for us to walk around the rock formations.

The dried white-green plants contrasted nicely with the black volcanic hills.

The dried white-green plants contrasted nicely with the black volcanic hills.

Is it minerals and oxidation that cause the coloring of the hills?

Is it minerals and oxidation that cause the coloring of the hills?

When we returned to the Celebrity Equinox, we snapped a last look at Tenerife before we settled into deck chairs by the ship’s pool.

When we returned to the Celebrity Equinox, we snapped a last look at Tenerife before we settled into deck chairs by the ship’s pool.

We’re sorry we didn’t get the opportunity to see Tenerife as we’d originally planned, but aren’t we lucky Celebrity offered us a backup tour? Seeing the mountain and volcanoes was definitely worth the tour excursion fee.

 

November 2014

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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2 Responses to Change of strategy

  1. Kathy says:

    Feel better Joe! I love this chapter of your adventure and cannot wait to hear your impressions of the cruise experience. Was that real grass on the deck of the ship? That would draw me in, as would the cozy seating you discovered. Keep well you two! xxoo Kathy

  2. Sometimes it’s just easier to be taken and I’d say it was worth it to see this national park. I hope Joe recovered quickly. Next instalment please.

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