Today our aim was to climb Sa Bassa, a little peak just 819 metres in height. Our starting point is the picnic site, the area recreativa close to point 42.4k on the MA-10. This is already at 500 metres so the climb is modest. Almost a rest day, but not quite.
We set off along a concrete access track and there were warning signs everywhere. Private land, no hunting, no picking the mushrooms and Perill Armes de Foc. That one had me until I found it meant ‘ Danger Firearms’. We continued on our steady climb.
I have never seen this walk described in any of the guide books and there is no path indicated on the map. I was relying on memory. At the end of the track we came to a T junction. But, there was no need to worry, someone had constructed an arrow out of stones pointing the way. It was then just a case of looking out for red paint dots or occasional cairns.
On our way up we were overtaken by the fire warden and his three dogs. We gave a cheery “Hola” but did not even get an acknowledgement. I suppose you do ,not need to be the talkative type to do his job.
Soon we were at the summit.
The warden had well beaten us and had time to wash his clothes which he was now hanging out to dry. We found a quiet spot to rest and admire the view.
I was busy taking photos of the watchtower and the surrounding mountains.
Paul and Greg had gone to find a route up to the tower on Sa Costera involving a rough scramble. The cloud had built up along the coast and they would now be enveloped by it.
We were fine, sitting in the sunshine with the clouds below us –magic.
The clouds continued to build up and began to fill the valley below us – time to leave, but not before I took a few more pictures.
The way down was straightforward and we were back at the area recreativa in time for our lunch sitting at the picnic tables. A donkey came up to the gates trying to make friends and was rewarded with an apple.
Before we set off back I wandered around looking at the wild flowers. There were some tiny lilac daisy type plants and some thistles covered in big bugs.
It had been a brilliant half day. Lots of reward for not too much effort and some marvellous views.