|Doesn't this look like it needs a dinosaur?|
|These lovely flowers were everywhere|
|Mom, Dad, and me siting in colorful dirt : )|
|Someone made this neat sand drawing|
Wanting to stay for evening light, we arrived at the parking lot below the town of Rustrel a little after 3 o’clock. There were a lot of people there! We are into the off-season, and most places we have gone have been pretty empty of tourists, especially the hiking trails, so it was a little surprising. We received a map when we parked, with three trails listed (and clearly marked as we walked), which was nice as there are a ton of paths going off in all directions. We started off on trail #2, a two hour loop with a couple of view points of the Cheminees des Fees (or Fairy Chimneys), before descending into “le Sahara” (yep, we did America and Africa while in Europe). This was the most picturesque area, with hills of lovely blended ochre hues going from dark red to pale yellow. Mom, Dad, and I decided to sit down while we waited for Alan and rose with the seats of our pants displaying the color dirt we had sat in!
We made our way back to the start of the trail head, passing a few hundred year old aqueduct that barely rated a laminated paper sign—odd there is so much to see that many smaller things get lost to time and the woods! We walked up to another viewpoint on trail #1 and ate our picnic dinner overlooking another ochre valley with the colors set off by the green of the trees.
|Our dinnertime view|
|Alan is working on a project on walking in the woods |
similar to his ocean project
|The White Desert|
|Mining hole and old tracks|