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Desert rain and golden bollards

October 25, 2015

Since Thursday the Canary Islands have got extreme amounts of rain.  The worst hit island, Gran Canaria, measured up to 25 mm rain per hour and claims to be categorized as “Alerta Alto”, meaning catastrophe area. Thankfully no one seems to have been hurt so far. Here in Lanzarote the damage is much less, but still there is flooding where the drain pipes are full. The marina basin is brown with mud and silt, washed off the city streets. As Lanzarote is labelled a desert island with annual rainfall of 110 mm, my guess is that it has been delivered the last three days.

We have rented a car mostly for buying supplies the last week which we today used to check out the Montanas del Fuego Timanfaya (or Fire Mountains). This national park forms part of a broad area affected by the volcanic eruptions that struck Lanzarote 1730-36, with subsequent eruptions 1824. The most exciting part of the package was a bus trip for almost one hour along very narrow roads around the area. Fascinating geology and impressive skills of the driver! A nice feature was also the volcanic barbeque stations at the parking area, two girls were well prepared with sausages and grill sticks!

On our way back we got hit by torrential rains for half an hour. This short time frame forced us to take numerous detours across town to avoid up to half meter of water ponds. The power of  flooding is really scary. We managed to get the car back to the marina with well cleaned chassis.

A couple of days ago we checked out the third marina in Lanzarote by car, Puerto Calero. The marina is in an isolated area surrounded by hotels / boutiques / bars and restaurants. The atmosphere felt a bit “show off”. The final proof was when Eva detected what looked like golden bollards. 25 years ago we first saw stain less steel bollards in some German marinas. What next?

From → Sailing Notes

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