Thursday, 2 May 2019

Tenerife. The touristy version. May 1, 2019. Ship photos are on a separate blog page.

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Where are the Canaries.  Not in the coal mine!
Above & Below:  Teide Observatory, IAU code 954, is an astronomical observatory on Mount Teide at 2,390 metres altitude.  Located on the island of Tenerife, Spain.  Operated by the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias since its inauguration in 1964.

The observatory focuses on solar observations and robotic astronomy.  It is claimed to be one of the three best spots in the world to observe the sky, along with Chile and Hawaii.

More about the observatory and its telescopes here.

Above:  Our tour bus to the Volcano Teide.  The base station is at 2,356 metres altitude.  The bus trip there took several hours and passed through five different climate zones.  A stunning trip.
Below:  Really?  We're going up there?
Below:  On that?
 Below:  Gathering for what may well be our last few minutes alive.
 Below:  It goes pretty well straight up, from my vantage point.

 Part way up.
 The ride was not too bad except when we passed each tower
and the conveyance bounced and bumped and flew and swung.
Above:  Base station far below.
 This does not go all the way to the top of the volcano
but it gets pretty close - 3,718 metres altitude.
 To get to the very top of the crater you need a special permit and you must walk.


 Above:  A weather station near the summit.
 Couple views from the top.

 Yay, we made it!

 Both of us noticed how much more difficult it was
to take in enough oxygen at this altitude.
Below:  Outside the upper station amidst the lava.
Below:  There's a couple of humans in pink partway up the trail to the summit.
Click on the photo to find them.

 Above & Below:
Back at the bottom near the base station - still a long way from sea level.

Above:  Yep, that's where we were.
 Above & Below:  We took the tour bus down the hill a bit to a restaurant/hotel.
 Lots of trails.

 Above & Below:
The most striking thing for me was the "sea of clouds" far below our altitude.
I had heard the phrase before but could not imagine how stunning it would be.
My photos don't do it justice.

 Above:  Showing the grade of the road.

 Flora.  We did not see any fauna.

 As part of the tour we stopped at the Paradores for a small snack and visit.
 Lots of different photos of the hotel and surrounding area Click Here.

 Above:  Canadas means gully or ravine.
If I remember correctly it also means sheep path.
 Above & below:
A chapel located just down the road from the Paradores.