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My trip to Tenerife, Spain in 2012 – part 3

On my last day in Tenerife, I was going to Mount Teide (Pico del Teide). This is a volcano peak and the third highest volcano in the world, after Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in Hawaii. It stands at 3,718-metre (12,198 ft) and is the highest peak in Spain. It is still active as an volcano but is currently dormant. The last eruption occurred in 1909 from the El Chinyero vent.

This is the highest mountain in Spain.

This is the highest mountain in Spain.

The volcano is within the Teide National Park and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007.

The park was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007.

The park was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007.

I parked the car at the Park HQs near the Roque Cinchado rock formation.

The car park at Park HQs.

The car park at Park HQs.

It was a sunny clear day and I wanted to get a photo of me next to the volcano.

It was a sunny clear day for my trek.

It was a sunny clear day for my trek.

The Roque Cinchado is a unique rock formation within the Teide National Park and is located about 1700 metres below the summit of Teide volcano. With the volcano in the background, this is a great location for photographs.

The Roque Cinchado rock formation with the volcano in the background.

The Roque Cinchado rock formation with the volcano in the background.

I was going to be trekking around the rock formations.

Lava rock could be seen around the formations.

Lava rock could be seen around the formations.

I trekked for two hours.

The lava was solid and was clear to see.

The lava was solid and was clear to see.

After my trek I was hungry and ate my sandwiches in the Park HQs.

I was enjoying my packed lunch sandwiches.

I was enjoying my packed lunch sandwiches.

My Colonel phoned me and asked me to return back to the barracks for a secret mission behind enemy lines.

For more information on Teide National Park please visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teide_National_Park

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My trip to Tenerife, Spain in 2012 – part 2

Today I was going to go to the forests of Tenerife to look for rare and endangered wild animals.

Whilst I was in a bar last night, I was chatting to a few of the locals who told me of a rumor that “Giant Pandas” are native to Tenerife. Despite the rumors no video or photographic evidence had been produced showing the Tenerife Giant Pandas and all witnesses to the Pandas had been ridiculed as barking mad people. However, the latest edition of the “Tenerife Weekly” English speaking newspaper had a feature story on the evidence of fossils findings of Giant Pandas. The scientists had proof that Giant Pandas were in Tenerife 11.6 million years ago.

http://www.tenerife-weekly.com/giant-pandas-fossils-in-spain

An artist impression of the Tenerife Giant Panda from 11.6 million years ago.

An artist impression of the Tenerife Giant Panda from 11.6 million years ago.

Now you may think that Giant Pandas come from China, but I was determined to be the first to photograph the Giant Pandas of Tenerife and to prove that Giant Pandas are still alive in the forests of Tenerife.

With my expert guide Mr. E the expert naturalist, I set about making my discovery. Mr. E’s daughter claims to had seen the Tenerife Giant Pandas herself, but noone believes her… she is only 2!

I was heading to the mountains of the Macizo de Anaga range in the northeastern part of the island of Tenerife.

A map of Tenerife with a circle highlighting the Macizo de Anaga range.

A map of Tenerife with a circle highlighting the Macizo de Anaga range.

The mountain range with its altitude and the passage of the tradewinds is converted into a specially humid zone, which favors the existence of special diversity for the natural habitats, including the laurisilva trees. The forests on these mountains are a unique feature of this part of Tenerife which is generally dry. It was these forests I was going to be exploring today.

I drove up the TF-123 road and was climbing high into the mountains. It was cooler here up in the mountains. I was heading for the car park at a bunkhouse lodge called the Montes de Anaga Hostel.

http://www.alberguestenerife.net

Me driving into the car park at the lodge.

Me driving into the car park at the lodge.

The views from the lodge were great.

From the lodge I could see for miles around.

From the lodge I could see for miles around.

I could see all the way down to the coast.

The view from Anaga Natural Park.

The view from Anaga Natural Park.

From here on, we were to travel on foot through thick forests. Were we going to see the Tenerife Giant Panda?

The trek though the thick forest was hard going.

The trek though the thick forest was hard going.

We trekked for several hours, whilst our guide Mr E. used all his tracking skills to track down the Pandas.

It was hard going.

It was hard going.

We were using our ears and eyes to look for the Pandas.

The park has favoring plant and animal diversity, with more than 120 endemic species, some very rare and threatened.

The park has favoring plant and animal diversity, with more than 120 endemic species, some very rare and threatened.

Suddenly, our guide Mr. E trod on some Panda poo and his shoes began to stink of Panda’s crap. We knew that we were close to the Pandas.

We then heard it.

The rustles of leaves moving.

It was something big….

Very big….

Then….

Through the vegetation we saw it!

THE TENERIFE GIANT PANDA!

Was this the Tenerife Giant Panda?

Was this the Tenerife Giant Panda?

We saw it!

We saw the head through the leaves.

We saw the head through the leaves.

I saw it and I managed to take three photographs.

The Panda ran off into the thick forest.

The Panda ran off into the thick forest.

The Panda ran off into the thick forest but I already had the photographs.

Mr E. our guide was going to submit our photographs to the University of Madrid tomorrow.

To be continued….


My trip to Tenerife, Spain in 2012 – part 1

Last week I was enjoying a winter sun holiday in Tenerife in Spain. Tenerife is one of the one of the Canary Islands.

I was eager to top up my sexy fluffy tan whilst my mates back in my detachment freeze their nuts off whilst training in the Scottish Mountains.

I decided to stay in the sea resort of El Médano. A place of strong winds. This place is the place to go to for windsports and also watersports. El Médano is one of the world’s best windsurfing/kitesurfing locations.

The town square is in front of the main beach, which holds many local fiestas.

Me looking across the beach toward El Médano.

Me looking across the beach toward El Médano.

The first day was a cloudy day but it was still 21 degrees Celsius, alot warmer than Scotland. My plan was to climb the volcano outside El Médano called the Red Mountain (La Montaña Roja).

The Red Mountain (La Montaña Roja) just 2kms to the west of El Médano.

The Red Mountain (La Montaña Roja) just 2kms to the west of El Médano.

On the other side of the Red Mountain was a nudist beach called La Tejita. The nudist area is a small cove nearest to the mountain. I eager to show off my naked body to the Spanish gals and to see the gals naked too!

Me at the top of the Red Mountain.

Me at the top of the Red Mountain.

The climb up the mountain took me about an hour. The volcanic rock turns red as it oxidize with the air giving the mountain an red appearance.

Reading the plaque on the summit.

Reading the plaque on the summit.

At the summit I was able to peep down to the nudist beach and I could see naked gals. I was coming down whooooohoooo.

The view was great.

The view was great.

The clouds began to clear up and I was ready to get my kit off on the beach. Naked sunbathing is legal in Tenerife.

The wind made the sea rough.

The wind made the sea rough.

The cliffs around the mountain was great.

The volcanic rocks were great.

The volcanic rocks were great.

I reached the beach of La Tejita and the sun was coming out.

I got naked as I know a naked tanned monkey is good for the gals.

Me with my clothes off sunbathing naked, I covered my thingy with my hands!

Me with my clothes off sunbathing naked, I covered my thingy with my hands!

It was at that point that I became upset as I discover that all the naked gals were old aged pensioners! I saw a lot of saggy bums.

I was disappointed with the girls here!

I was disappointed with the girls here!

The sun setted over the beach.

The sun sets over the beach.

The sun sets over the beach.

Tomorrow I was going to go the forests of Tenerife to look for exciting rare wild animals.

To be continued….

For more information on El Médano please visit:

http://www.realtenerifeislanddrives.com/El%20Medano.html


One week to my winter sun hoilday

Just to let you all know that I am off to Tenerife next week.

Whilst Britain is in the ice age and my mates are chilling their nuts off – I will be sunbathing on the beach. They have nudist beaches in Tenerife apparently and I am doing the full monty in front of the Spanish gals.

The webmaster also tells me that we have almost 22,000 hits. Can we make 25,000 hits by the end of the year?

Also, we are running our “Where’s Monkey?” poll.

I cycled along the coastline.

It is a dry barren landscape but where is our wee monkey?

If you think you know where I am in this photograph, then please vote for your answer.

The celebrity guest judges will reveal the correct answer in the new year.

Good luck in your voting.

N.B. A clue to the place and country of this photograph can be found on one of our wee monkey previous travel blogs.


Competition – Where’s Monkey?

My foster auntie is taking me to Tenerife in Spain for a winter sun holiday.

I will getting some winter sun.

I am excited at the news that I am going to Tenerife in December for some winter sun and sexy girls. I can’t wait to top up my tan and drink cheap booze whilst all my mates in Scotland freeze in artic blizzards.

A quick reminder that the deadline for entry into the current “Where’s Monkey?” competition is October 31st 2012.

All you have to do is to guess where is our wee cuddly toy monkey is in this photograph:

Our wee monkey is at the top of the world – but where is he?

If you think you know the answer and have not entered yet, then please see the link below for the full competition details:

https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/competition-wheres-monkey-5

So get guessing and all the best of luck.

The webmaster team