And we’re off hiking again!

And we’re off hiking again!

It’s been a while since I posted my last blog post but as I described earlier on Facebook that was due to the sudden death of my laptop after 9 years of loyal service. May he find his peace now without surfing the web for endless hours searching the best trails around. However, with the rise of a new year my new laptop arrived as well. A young and powerful machine that will assist me in preparing the greatest adventures and enable me to write many lines of blog posts and edit photo and video footage so you all can enjoy the outdoors as well. I named my new laptop Ben. Ben, I salute you!

Hiking along Cala Xaracca

So, to get you guys up to speed again I’ll share a bit about what happened the last few weeks. With the arrival of Farah, the holidays and Family coming over we didn’t hike as much as we normally do yet we were able to go out around 2 times a week for a good hike and managed to do a short hike of about an hour almost every day.

The natural bridge at Cala Xaracca.

The natural bridge at Cala Xaracca.

The most notable hike we did was along the coast of Cala Xaracca in Ibiza. It was a sunny day and for the occasion my friend Jurgen joined as well. After filling my backpack with 6 sandwiches with peanut butter and enough water for all of us we headed off to the north-west coast of Ibiza to find our starting point. Since Jurgen had already done a part of this hike before, we easily drove to the camino from where we had decided to start. The Cala Xaracca hike had a few interesting features that we were intending to find; namely a cave, a natural bridge and the old summer villa of Fransisco Franco.

Our first goal was to find a hidden bay with a natural cove. As we were following the trail we were being led along ancient beehives and rewarded with beautiful coastal views on each side of the trail. The landscape was very open due to the remains of the big forest fire a few years ago, it added a beautiful yet raw touch to it. After 20 minutes of hiking and guessing right on a few critical crossroads we found the bay and the cove. Raf was there first as he saw a perfect opportunity to go for a swim. The moment he noticed there was a bay in front with perfect access to the sea he ran off and all we could do was follow. He took us straight to it. In the meantime Duc was too busy searching for rabbits in the open fields so we left him doing what he loves to do. The bay was very raw but I like it that way. Small bits were covered in sand and others were rocky. Bays like this are always abandoned and that makes them so perfect. Even in summer I bet nobody will be here and that itself already puts a smile on my face. After taking a small rest and soaking up the goodness we headed more north as we figured the cove and natural bridge were supposed to be. I didn’t take long before we found the cove and it was nice! With views over the see I just found a new camping spot for a great summer adventure! I can already imagine how it will be to sleep there underneath the stars and wake up next morning with a beautiful sunrise and sea views.

Next stop was the natural bridge. Although we did get lost finding it the first time we eventually managed to locate it. There are off course many natural bridges in the world but still it amazes me every time how nature can build these natural shapes. It’s simply amazing. Duc and Raf didn’t care though. Their approach to nature fascinates me always very much. They are not busy with anything that takes their mind away from being in the moment not even thinking about how beautiful something is, which may sound like they miss something but could be their greatest asset as they are fully present in all their actions. I think that if we want to find true happiness we need to be more like our dogs.

Duc enjoying the cave.

Duc enjoying the cave.

Continuing the trail we were being treated on a steep climb before ascending on the other side of a small mountain to hike towards the old villa of Franco. Jurgen knew his way and it was great to be guided for a time J. As were approaching the back side of this enormous estate we also passed a memorial for the fire fighters who helped fighting the big forest fire and was placed to raise attention for their service and the fragility of the eco system in summer for anything flammable. While descending towards the estate the raw and burned down landscape changed to perfect nurtured gardens with green lawns, big stables and beautifully build terraces and buildings. Although I’m a big fan of untouched and raw nature I do appreciate these places as well were true effort leads to a beautiful place made by man. It’s amazing to see what money can buy and make sometimes. A visit to the bay attached to this estate was a perfect moment to sit down and relax a bit and after that we hiked back to the car. The hike took us 3 hours and when driving back there was nothing but silence in the car. Proof that we had enjoyed yet another perfect day.

Duc and his Leishmania

As you may have read in my previous posts about Duc you may know that Duc is diagnosed with Leishmania. Although he was in a bad state when we first found out that he was suffering from this disease he has recovered extremely well from it. As Leishmania is a chronic disease he is on permanent medication and needs a thorough blood check every 6 months. A few weeks ago it was time for another check and it always makes me a bit nervous as I truly hope the disease is under control and not picking up again. Although Duc is a true hero in the field he changes to a small and scared dog when we approach the vet. I guess he just had a few too many bad experiences there. Yet, this time he was handling himself great. After putting him on the medical table the doctor could easily tap some blood and before we knew it we were both back in the car. 2 weeks later we received the results and….. it was again perfect! Hearing from the vet that his blood values are among the best a dog can have that is diagnosed with Leishmania made me very proud. My little pointer is handling it great and nothing makes me happier than that.

Goals for 2017

Raf enjoying the natural bay at Cala Xaracca.

Raf enjoying the natural bay at Cala Xaracca.

The coming year is promising to be great for One More Hike. I’m currently working on developing my video capturing and editing skills so that I will be able to share my hikes in a much more dynamic way. I recently ordered a GoPro hero 5 which shoots great video and is also very compact, so it wont take very long before I start posting some videos. I will share my videos on YouTube, Facebook and my Blog so make sure to check them out. I’m very excited to get this started and will let you know immediately when the first video is done J.

Besides my video goal I’m also in the planning of doing a charity hike for verhuisdieren.nl. Verhuisdieren.nl is a Dutch non-profit organization that focuses on matching pets to new owners so a shelter can be avoided. As I’m still in the planning process I will update you over the coming weeks about how and when I will be doing this. For now I’m very excited to get this started!

As for the rest I hope this will become another year of many hikes, with great experiences and many new places to discover.

Cheers from the trail.