My friends Tom and Andrés took me on a 25 km (15.5 miles) hike today in the Sierra de Gredos, a mountain range in central Spain, about 2 hours West of Madrid. I love feeling connected to nature and getting lost in the wild. We started our hike from Candeleda and hiked north in a loop through the river valley of Río Garganta de Santa María and up into the mountain ranges overlooking the valley.
It was a beautiful sunny day. Everything is so green and lush this time of the year. The path was laced with a sea of fern, wild flowers, and plenty of trees that provided shade.
One of my highlights of today was learning more about the local plants. Andrés, grey up in the area and his grandma taught him all about the edible plants in the region. We found wild herbs growing on the side of the trail and picked fresh thyme and oregano. The smell was so rich and soothing.
That night we used the herbs to cook a delicious pasta dish and had some local red wine – the perfect end to a perfect day.