Rumbo al Norte – Day 7: chasing dinosaurs

Somewhere, we read that there were dinosaur tracks on the Asturian coast.

So after Gijon and the Universidad Laboral, we found a website that told us where to find them and drove down the mountains to the ocean.

Because Asturias is like that. You’re driving in a forest surrounded by steep slopes and even cows mooing around and suddenly the road slips down et voila! you’re at a beach.

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Unfortunately the first beach we got to in the early afternoon was deserted. Playa de Meron, to be exact. Not a soul around. The only sign that we were in the right place was just that – a sign that said that there were dinosaur tracks but not where we could find them. And no internet, either.

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So we improvised and looked around and this is what we saw

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With only our cameras, our hiking shoes and a deep breath, we crossed the perilous, rocky beach and, sprayed by the waves that were coming in with the tide, got to a flat ledge that looked prehistorical enough.

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A pretty Tertiary-looking rock, me thinks.

Unfortunately, we didn’t see any tracks.

Which was a pity, because we had really made a big effort.

We drove to the next dinosaur track site and found a teeeeeny little fisherman’s village called Tazones.

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Here there were more people and a kind barman told us that with high tide we would never be able to reach the tracks.

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The tide always seems to be working against us during this vacation!

So we threw in the towel and decided that we weren’t paleontologists and weren’t really that interested (although we kindof were) and started driving towards our hotel.

I guess we’ll come back for the dinosaurs and the community of Asturias will either have put up some decent signs or taken them away all together. As they are now, they’re pretty useless.

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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