Last weekend we took our last program excursion to La Doñana, a National Park about 3 hours from Cádiz. On Friday we boarded our beloved Mercedes-Benz charter bus (affectionately referred to as "Benny") for the last time and drove west.
|Someone was a little excited about the bus ride|
|Passing the time on the way there|
I don't know if it was the pollen or the sandy ground, but I started sneezing pretty much on arrival and my eyes were so itchy I wanted to rip them right out of their sockets. Despite the allergies, it was really nice to spend some a day outside of the city and log some solid nature-time.
|Fisherman's houses like this are all over the beach. They live there year-round.|
We took a 3-hour guided tour around the park in a jeep-like all-terrain vehicle, drove along the beach, through sand dunes, saw birds, flamingos, deer, and some jabalís (wild boars.)
|A forest growing in between dunes.|
|The trip was a little exhausting for some people|
|The obligatory jumping photo...and the random lady in the background|
|Being flamingos (there are flamingos in the water back there)|
The next morning we spent some time at the hotel's pool, then headed back to Cádiz. It was a short little trip, but a nice break from narrow cobblestone streets and schoolwork. At the same time though, it made me a bit homesick for the pacific northwest, I can't wait to get back to pine trees and snow-capped mountains.
Anyway, here's to nature, in all it's forms!