Random thoughts, rants, raves and photo opportunities

2016 - Batería Costera J-4, Cabo Silleiro, Baiona, Spain

One of the most memorable moments on our Spanish adventure was when we spent the day geocaching and urban exploring with a small group of local Spaniards. Located near Baiona, Spain, we explored Batería Costera J-4, Cabo Silleiro, or better known as, the Coastal Battery J-4, located near the Cape of Silleiro. I could find little history of Battery J-4, but it was built in the 1940's following the Spanish Civil War. There are four cannons still in place today that are connected by over 200 meters of underground tunnels and rooms. Our Spanish guide took us on a dangerous tour of the underground, leading us through dark passages, up and down rusted ladders within cramped chutes, across floors that were missing their bottoms in some spots, to each of the four gun mounts. I experienced anxiety during most of the tour and was wildly overjoyed that Nene, without question or fear, completed the journey too.

For my geocaching friends, we completed two high star geocaches while exploring these military remains. They were El túnel del pánico (GC3AMAB) and Medal Of Honor - Bunker 1 (GC44RMQ). Both geocaches deserve favorite points. I want to personally thank Abri Abi Alonso (A3sound) and Tuxa Ana Paula Afonso for the wonderful experience.

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2016 - Castro de Baroña, Galicia, Spain

On our way south through the Galician region of Spain towards Portugal, we stopped for a visit at Castro de Baroña. Originally occupied from the 1st century BC to the first century AD, this fortress was by far the oldest historical site we've experienced during our Spanish tour.

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2016 - Cabo Finisterre, Galicia, Spain

Following our visit to the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, there is no more of an appropriate destination than Cabo Finisterre. Known in the Roman times as the End of the World, this is the final destination following the visit to the cathedral for many pilgrims on the Way of St. James. The views here on the rocky peninsula overlooking the Atlantic are spectacular. Two other interesting things of note were the mountain goats protecting the lighthouse and this is also the location of the Cross of the Coast of Death.

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2016 - Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain

I've had an obsession with cathedrals after having read Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth many years ago. In Follett's book, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela was featured near the conclusion of the story and I've been at awe that such grandiose and ornate examples of architecture could be constructed nearly a thousand years ago. On our recent adventure to Spain, we had the privilege to not only visit the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, but to also attend Easter mass. Consecrated in the year 1211, this wonderful symbol of Christianity has survived time and many struggles. Unfortunately though, time is also taking its toll and during our visit the cathedral was surrounded by scaffolding for planned cleanup and renovation.

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2016 - Playa de Las Catedrales, Lugo, Spain

After our visit to the ancient ruins of Coaña, we decided it was time to make out way to the water to cool off. Our destination was Playa de Las Catedrales. Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, the natural arches and caves of the area were created over time by tidal and wave erosion. During low tide the area is known for its spectacular beach and the caves that are hidden during hide tides. Unfortunately, we visited during the mid-tide and were relegated to the tops of the cliffs. I wanted to point out the interesting geology here.. note the sedimentary layers that make up the cathedrals.

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2016 - Castro de Coaña, Asturias, Spain

Dating prior to the fourth century, very little is known about Castro de Coaña or the people that inhabited this site. We had the pleasure of visiting these historic ruins during our tour of Spain.

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2016 - San Miguel de Lillo, Oviedo, Spain

Passing through the northern province of Asturias, we pulled into the town of Oviedo, Spain, to visit the San Miguel de Lillo. Consecrated in the early year of 848, this Roman Catholic church had early aspirations of being a basilica. Unfortunately, the larger original structure collapsed sometime in the 12th or 13th century and the project was never completed. One feature of this church that remains intact is the magnificent lattice work above each window. If you look closely, you will observe that the lattice work is sculpted from a single piece of stone. The lattice above the window on the southern wall is the most stunning.

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2016 - Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain

As we made our way through the Asturian countryside, our itinerary had a scheduled stop to hike Los Pico de Europa. Though we did not plan to hike the entire 24Km from Puente Poncebos to Cain and back, we did have the idea we'd attempt to hike at least 3 to 4Km to the high point at Los Collaos. Unfortunately, less than 1Km from the parking lot, a storm rolled in packing horizontal rains and wind gusts of up to 30mph. We thought it wise to turn back and save this National Park adventure for some future trip to Spain. During our short hike we did manage to take a few photographs of the spectacular views and we found a geocache.

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2016 - A View From Atop Monte Igueldo, San Sebastián, Spain

On the first day following our separation from the school sponsored tour, we spent the night at a hotel atop Monte Igueldo. Monte Iguelo overlooks the Basque town of San Sebastián, Spain. The views from atop the summit are spectacular and offer a panorama of the Bahía de la Concha and the surrounding coastline and mountains. During our stay we also managed to visit Faro del Monte Igueldo, the lighthouse located on the northern slope of the mountain.

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