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Sunday, November 01, 2015

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Southern Man has a new hobby, and that is to venture opinions that garner enough attention to rise to the "Top Rated Comments" block of Instapundit. They will be added to this post as they occur. Note - these are all screen shots so don't try to click on the "links."

Sunday, June 01, 2014


The blog began as therapy. Now with all the changes in Southern Man's life it's become more work than anything else and no one reads it anyway. The blog will no longer be updated, at least not on any kind of regular basis, until Southern Man decides to play with it some more. Thanks for visiting!

Spanish Inquisition Day 15

Breakfast - off to the airport - fly home.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Spanish Inquisition Day 14

Long bus ride from Seville to Madrid - long walk to clear my head and pick up a few caches - not much more to say right now.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Spanish Inquisition Day 13

Today the bus ride was relatively brief - fifteen km or so out of town (but on a city bus that made many stops) to Itálica, a second-century Roman outpost that was left high and dry when the Guadalquivir River shifted its course due to silation after the removal of forest cover. Without a water supply the city was abandoned and no new settlement was constructed, leaving a remarkably well-preserved site.

Danni and Professor Ginnet are dwarfed by the amphitheater.

Travel bug "Little Roswell" surveys the amphitheater from on high.

And why was Little Roswell out and about? Oh, checking on a geocache at the site? Of course he was.

Danni signs the log.

Southern Man and Danni man the chariot.

The trip is winding down and Southern Man still has a big bag of travel bugs because almost all of the caches he's found are small so after we got back to the hostel he hiked a mile across the river to the largest cache he could find on the map and was able to leave four of the small ones there and got back just in time for dinner.

Our last feast together!

Tonight we pack and tomorrow morning we catch an early bus to Madrid for our last full day in Spain!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Spanish Inquisition Day 12

Today we (again) took a two-hour bus ride to (again) go to the beach. This time it was the island resort of Cádiz.

Geocaches? In Cádiz? Why, yes. Yes there are.

Old Cádiz (like Old Madrid and Old Córdoba and Old Granada and Old Seville) is a maze of twisty passages, all alike...

Southern Man used the phrase "¿Dónde estamos en este mapa?" a lot today.

Southern Man spent a fair amount of time walking the beaches and admiring what he regards as the most beautiful of God's handiwork. Of course he didn't stare - that would be rude. He did glance a lot, though.

Baby Roswell and Norma at a cache right off the beach.

There were a couple of absolutely fantastic old trees near the spot where we met.

As the appointed time for departure approached we began to gather...

The group (again) plays a little beach volleyball.

Once back home Southern Man was nearing the hostel when he stumbled across a charity festival where delicious freshly-grilled meat and beer could be had!


Working the grill.

A delicious dinner.

Southern Man took his meal to the hostel and ate it and showered and updated the blog and is now plotting a day trip. We went by the bus station after we returned but they were already closed so it'll be a matter of showing up in the morning and hoping for the best...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spanish Inquisition Day 11

Today was, hands down, the most physically demanding of the trip - a waterfall tour that required several miles of walking through sometimes-iffy terrain and taking us from the mountaintop into the valley and back up again, immediately followed by a trip up, up, up to the very top of Grenada to view the cave houses and the sunset.

The tour didn't start until late morning so Southern Man got out early and picked up a couple of geocaches, both in lovely old churches.

At the Basílica de La Virgen de las Angustias. The cache was a magnet hidden in the iron planter.

And now for the waterfall tour. It was absolutely spectacular and there is no way that photos can do it justice.

Not that we didn't try. That's Carrin and Christian; Southern Man took over a hundred pics himself.

Crossing a long suspension bridge.

The tour proper begins here.

Another long suspension bridge with a waterfall underneath.

They warned us that the path was not easy in places...

Walking a high long ridgeline that was straight out of Lord of the Rings. Well, not straight out but that was what we were all thinking.

Several hours after crossing that long suspension bridge with the waterfall beneath, we finally came all the way around to visit that waterfall.

And at the end of that long and winding road and drink!

Refilling our water bottles one last time at la fuente de muerte.

The waterfall tour took far longer than we had anticipated so once the bus got us back into Granada we immediately headed uphill to meet our guide for the Cave Tour.

Some of the "cave homes" high above the city.

The City of Granada and the Cave Homes don't really see eye to eye. These homes were bulldozed a few months ago.

The folks up here have a fairly strong opinion about their relationship to the city below. Photo by Danni.

Waiting for the sunset...

Our vantage point was well above The Alhambra.

Geocaches were found...

And then our exhausted band hit the first open cafe we saw and ate and drank and eventually made it home to our beds after an exhausting but thrilling day.