Yunquera and the snow, in other words!
Every two or three years, we have a really heavy snow in Yunquera. As you may or may not know, the adjoining national park is called “Sierra de las Nieves” (mountain of the snow), so this should come as no surprise to any of us!
We love it – especially after the 2+ weeks of rain that we’ve had! Snow comes as a really beautiful relief, and we always look forward to romping through the drifts with the dogs.
With the snow, come the ‘snow tourists’ from the coastal cities. Cars full of young people and families with children, always totally underdressed for the weather. Usually wearing tennis shoes, at best. And almost always, oddly, using umbrellas to keep them dry – a very strange sight! Even in a blizzard, they will insist on driving up to the national park to throw snowballs and take pictures. It doesn’t seem to occur to them that the snow might make the track down quite dangerous for their small touring cars.
Yesterday, we had been out walking the dogs at the lakes at Ardales in the afternoon. By the time we arrived back in Yunquera, the snow had started – it was cold and windy, too.We were on our way up the mountain in our Land Rover Discovery, which is built for bad weather. On the way up the narrow road, we were stopped by the local ‘civil protection’ volunteers from the village. About 20 cars were stuck on the road, trying to drive down the ice and snow encrusted track. The hold up was the first car, who was refusing to move for fear of sliding off the road’s steep edge.
We had to wait for over an hour in blizzard conditions whilst the civil protection volunteers organised salt, grit and the Yunquera snow plow. By the time we could get underway again the snow had compacted and frozen turning our track into sheet ice. For the first time in six years we had to abandon the car and walk the last mile up hill, carrying our supplies, including a 20L jerrycan of diesel for the generator.
Needless to say the dogs loved it ! Best day ever for them !