We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
To begin to wrap up my photo travelogue, we sailed from Morocco out to the Canaries, about 60 miles west of Morocco. We visited Lanzerote, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, and Tenerife.
Have I mentioned that Mrs. BD has an affinity for islands?
A few Canary details: The name is from their Latin name - Dog Islands. Canary birds do live there. They sing like Canaries, but are not bright yellow. The islands are all volcanic. Some are dry and some get rain and have banana plantations. Americans rarely visit the Canaries which, from a tourist standpoint, function more like a Caribbean for northern Europeans. Beaches and booze for the Brits, Germans, and Scandinavians. We never went near a beach, though. The climate is subtropical - 70s year round with a sea breeze.
This is the volcanic soil of desert-like Lanzerote. Where it's not steep, they dig pits and plant wine grapes.
If you go below the fold, more pics including Columbus' house. The Canaries were a good stopping place for westbound Spanish galleons.
We rented a car and drove around, through some villages and then on a hair-raising drive up to the Mirador del Rio where we had a beer and a snack. Did I do that mountain drive, or did Mrs. BD drive? I don't know, because I had my eyes closed. I guess she must have driven. Many miradors in the Canaries.
Then we took a sail to Las Palmas (founded 1478) on Gran Canaria. A much less forbidding island. Still, we hired a cabbie to take us around for the day instead of renting a car.
Boat's fitness center. Such good panoramic views that you hate to leave it. Open 24 hrs/day. Yoga classes twice daily. Step out the door and you are in the salty breeze of the deck.
Towards Gran Canaria
Mrs. BD had her list of places to go on Gran Canaria. She showed it to the cabbie. We went to the big caldera:
Hah! No, but their English is fine. While you certainly hear a variety of languages on Amateur Radio, English seems to be the lingua franca when people are talking DX (= "distance", i.e. people from a different country than you are operating from).
As a longtime lurker, this Spaniard living in Ontario salutes your Italian and Spanish featurettes. I spent many summers in the Canary Islands, both Gran Canaria and Tenerife, though sadly I was too young to remember Tenerife, but I did go to a wedding there in 2004.
They are paradise on Earth, what a variety of scenery. Gran Canaria is my favourite.