Bajada

A swift passage from the mountains at the source of the water catchment system, following the dry fluvial system down to the sea.

Day 2: Following the Rio Luchena

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.

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Day 2: Reaching the Spring

I reached a spring that likely connected with the underground tunnel. It was a man-made feature with crystal clear water flowing into a pool. After inspecting and realising that the abundance of small black objects in the water were snails and not leaches, I revelled in the opportunity to submerge myself in the water.

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After drying off, I took some water from the spring as I was running low and continued walking following the now (albeit small – approx. 2m across) river. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 2: The Gorge after the Dam

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.

There was a man in the only building beside the dam which looked as though it could have been there to service the dam.

He didn’t notice me. When I saw that that gate to pass into the gorge beyond the dam was locked I boded my time then carefully hauled the backpack and myself over it and walked swiftly down the steps.

I pushed onwards into the gorge. It was a reversal of the geography. The flat now became the vertical, the smooth channel worn by the water when it had flowed down here. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 2: Following the Tracks

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.

I hoped that the tracks left by the animals would not end as otherwise I would have to work my way through a maze of identical shrubs.

I came across a hole in the ground. It was approximately 2 metres in diameter and revealed a fissure which was perhaps an indication of the passing of water and the continuous shifting of the earth.

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Day 2: Embalse de Valdeinfierno

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.

I navigated myriad of paths left by animals and livestock that had walked there dotted with hundreds of sinewy reddish-coloured trees, lined with pined trees.

This route reached an impassable rock bank which forced the watercourse into a bottleneck. Here the tree cover parted neatly because the heavily trafficked route of the livestock prevented growth. Further along there were many reeds and the ground underfoot became damper.
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Day 2: Hard Rock Geology

Posted from María, Andalusia, Spain.

I reached a similar but much deeper gorge formed from a hard rock following steep dark-grey mountains with caves that invited exploring. I descended into the gorge to explore it. There was a pond of water inhabited it seemed by a lone turtle which quickly swam into the murky sediment.

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Day 1: First sight of water

Posted from María, Andalusia, Spain.

Coming across water was a point of significance because of the contrast amidst the dry landscape. New vegetation such as reeds could be seen. I felt the temptation to swim.

Following the water flow, I could feel the change underfoot, hear the sound of water and see the traces of animals. Outside of the watercourse were often olive and almond trees or ploughed fields.

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Day 1: From Theory to Reality

Posted from María, Andalusia, Spain.

Over the first few hours, the reality of the physical reality of the trip began to sink in. There was a psychological departure from being inside a shelter. I was faced with a different type of challenge – different from navigating within a human community and human house with familiar objects.

Practical concerns arose such as when and what I would eat, how much water I was drinking, the weight of my pack, the feeling of the rocks on my feet, getting used to using the walking poles and feeling the heat from the sun and the cold when the sun went down and the wind blew. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 1: Emergent Architecture

Posted from María, Andalusia, Spain.

I observed the directional forces, which had been at work on material surfaces. The resultant emergent architecture took the form of carved corners, walls of bedrock, collapsed banks and scree slopes.

I observed a meander where it was possible to see the layers of stratification of materials in the bank as the barranco had slowly eroded its channel over an unknown period of time. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 1: Sistemas Efímeros

Posted from María, Andalusia, Spain.

I began the trip feeling confident but wondering whether I was taking too much kit.

I was apprehensive about how to take into account the multiple threads of the trip that I had outlined in the proposal and in the theoretical document. I kept in mind that it was a personal trip but that I would be sharing the experience. Read the rest of this entry »