Impending threat – Unexpected encounters in Monte Minerva

As I told you a couple of days ago in my last post, hiking/trekking season is definitely back. In fact last week I had the most intense “walking period” ever since the blog has been on. I’ve got a lot to tell you as I had the honour to visit the heart of Supramonte (http://bit.ly/1W1KpiX) the most spectacular mountains in Sardinia. But before we get there let me show you a very special place and some very special circumstances in a place called Monte Minerva.

Monteleone Rocca Doria - rock - climbing and kayaking in the same place
Monteleone Rocca Doria – rock – climbing and kayaking in the same place

Do you remember this place? I wrote about it about a year ago (http://bit.ly/1J9AVpb). L’acqua e la roccia (an event for hikers, climbers, kayakers and everyone who likes staying outdoors) has become popular with local people and tourists thanks to the possibility of trying numerous sports and the fact that good weather seems to be at their side every time.

Monte Minerva is in the same area (about 40 km from Alghero) ruling the surrounding area by its 644 meters. I know that doesn’t sound much but believe me once you get there you won’t regret it  – anyway just wait until I get to talk about Supramonte … 🙂

Mario contemplating the landscape. He knows how to wear a (green) knife!
Mario contemplating the landscape. He knows how to wear a (green) knife!

There are many treks leading to the top of the mountain so choose the one that best fits you. We picked the longest which is about 10 km back and forth because we wanted to take a good look on the surrounding land but there are others too like the one straight to the top. If you like steep and intense treks you should definitely do the latter (just remember to have the right gear).

The map of treks
The map of treks

The path we took is nice and easy and we met very few people on the way. We had other kinds of encounters though … Starting with her. The lonely cow. Bucolic still life. Until she moves …

Local guy observing the intruders ...
Meet Gavina. Being a local chick she observes the intruders for a little while …
Local guy takes a course of action - that's when we started to run!
This is what happens when Gavina doesn’t like you. You run!

Anyway I don’t think she was pissed at as she couldn’t care less chasing us once she got down on the road from the slope but I didn’t want to find it out in the hard way so running seemed a viable option – guess this is where the word coward comes from! (Sorry).

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Eli thinks that with the right attitude we might become friends again. Gavina remained silent.

But a whole new level of natural phenomenon was waiting for us while we were walking towards the top of the mountain. This was the first time I’d ever seen a tornado. It was just there out of the thin air. It wasn’t even a windy day so you can imagine how surprised we were staring at this beauty on the horizon. As fast as it appeared it vanished too leaving us a bit baffled as it seemed approaching swiftly in our direction.

Wrath
Wrath

As we left these hostile but fascinating episodes behind we enjoyed the path ahead. If you pay attention Monte Minerva offers a lot to see. Swamps, fields and green slopes: a glimpse on the typical Sardinian landscape of timeless rocks and invincible power of nature.

Oasis
Oasis
Endure
Endure
On the top
On the top
Hiding place
Hiding place
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Hooray – back hiking!

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