Friday we met up with Tash, Chris and the kids. Ice creams all round and the kids played in the massive lake/fountain in the main park, that is until a police car sounded its siren and they were told to get out of the water!! A bit of overkill for a 5 and 8 year old offenders? We took the crew aboard to check out their quarters and broke out the hammock for some swing time!

Maybe they'll adopt this ride in Thorpe Park?

Maybe they’ll adopt this ride in Thorpe Park?

Saturday morning the crew moved out of their hotel and onto the boat. Everyone was happy with their quarters and once stowed, we took Charlie and Freya off to find a swimming pool, while Tash and Chris got some time in the town. The pool we found was a bit of a trek. Unfortunately the whole complex of outdoor pools wasn’t open and at first we thought we’d walked all the way for nothing……luckily there was one pool open and the kids had a whale of a time, I got to swim with them and Grandpa read his book!
On Sunday, we decided to do the tourist bit and hired a car to go around the island whilst Tash and Chris took the kids on the tram up to La Laguna.
One of our aims was to go and check out the anchorages further down the coast …. just as well we did the rece, as all the anchorages mentioned in the cruising guide were either not deep enough or too rolly.

Not really a viable anchorage!

Not really a viable anchorage!

We left the coast and headed inland and upwards. El Teide is the highest mountain on the island and for that matter, Spain! It is classed as an active volcano, as it last erupted less than 100 years ago. The road wound its way up through terraced villages,

You'd have to be fit to live here......or die young!

You’d have to be fit to live here……or die young!

pine forests, tunnels and precipitous rock faces. Marcus refused to stop at one view point……it was just too close to the edge for comfort!
The landscape looked like something out of an old wild west movie or a deserted planet from a sci fi set. The power of the volcano is tangible with fields of lava that look look freshly tilled soil on a huge scale and the sides of El Teide soaring above the road as it cuts through old lava floes and strange stacks of eroded pumice.

Wild West backdrop

Wild West backdrop

Just to prove we were there!

Just to prove we were there!

Our return route took us down the through the tree line and out of the clear blue skies into the thick fog of the clouds that hang around the mountains. Relying on the sat nav, we took an exciting route down through the back streets and dirt tracks of Orotava. At one point I had to get out and walk ahead of the car, that was in danger of grounding on the centre of a well worn lava block cobbled track.

Lava block cobbles ..... this is the bottom of the track.

Lava block cobbles ….. this is the bottom of the track.

When we eventually got onto a recognisable road, it was so steep that we couldn’t see the road over the bonnet so Marcus was steering between the houses that were lining the street!

There goes the road!

There goes the road!

Lovely to get away for a day and forget the endless jobs.

At the north end of the island is an imported beach. The sand is shipped in from the Sahara and palm trees and ‘shady trees’ have been planted at the back of the beach to give loads of shade. An artificial reef has been formed, that allows some rollers into the lagoon at high water, otherwise it’s as calm and warmer than the pool we went to.

Our first taste of Beach Paradise!

Our first taste of Beach Paradise!

Sun, sea and sand........perfect

Sun, sea and sand……..perfect

All kids need is sun, sand and sea so a great day was had by all…….Marcus actually went swimming!!!

The following day we set off for San Miguel Marina, a 6 hour motor sail. Charlie and Freya both had a touch of sea sickness, but managed to shake it off and enjoyed the trip.

A bit queasy, but perking up.

A bit queasy, but perking up.

Ginger biscuits were the order of the day!

Happy crew

Happy crew

More happy crew

More happy crew

On Saturday our crew abandoned us to go and meet up with friends at Siam Park , a water leisure park nearby. We spent the day on the Internet catching up with paper work and trying to upload pictures……without success.
Sunday, we blew up the little dinghy and Charlie had his first go at rowing. With both engines mounted, we took both dinghies out of the marina and anchored them in the bay, whilst the kids jumped off into the water

Testing out the new buoyancy aids

Testing out the new buoyancy aids

……….living the dream!!
Monday was their last day, and Charlie spent most of the day perfecting his rowing technique.

First stokes

First stokes

Off the tether and getting the hang of it

Off the tether and getting the hang of it

He was off the tether by lunchtime and by the evening he was onto his fifth plaster for his ‘rower’s blister’ and dreaming of having his own dinghy in Granton harbour!

Trips around the marina

Trips around the marina

Monday.......he's now an expert!

Monday…….he’s now an expert!

Freya is a little too young to join in, but did act as passenger. It brought back memories of Dan and Jenni and their forays in the same dinghy nearly 20 years ago.

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  1. We all had such a lovely time – thanks so much for having us!

    Enjoy having Dan & Jenny on board – and good luck going accross the Atlantic. Stay dafe, and keep in touch!

    Tash, Chris, Charlie & Freya xxxx.

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