Day 2: Following the Rio Luchena

by andrewwelch

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.

I continued for the next few hours in a surreal state of focus of trekking along the paths of animals that had previously followed the river.

There was plenty of growth around the watercourse – reeds and trees. The water was an enticing green and turquoise colour. I felt part of the flow and naturally at ease as if I was tapping into an inherent human way of travelling.


I crossed the stream of the river numerous times as it became wider as the hours passed. At one point I stepped into the water to cross and was shocked to see large yellow fish dart away.

Wearing my amphibious shoes I was aware that whatever was in the water and mud was getting to my skin and I hoped that there was nothing I could catch.


Outside of the barranco the land was used for almond trees or was ploughed for other uses. There were some plants that looked like could have been maize, left over from the previous crop.

Walking the river at this point was fun but tiring and challenging. The flow reached another area of mountains. It was not possible to walk beside the river so I climbed to the top of the mountain and looked for a place to camp. I spent a tranquil evening camping there.


I was starting to see an affect of the presence of agriculture on the environment around the water flow. The agriculture was predominantly monocultural whereas the environment around the water flow exhibited a range of interacting plants, animals and insects in varying successions.

It was difficult to see if the habitats were an emergent property of the water or the other way round. Remembering a point from my research about mirror forces between agents (such as predator and prey populations) – I was reminded that this was a space of interdependencies in flux.