|Playa de Freila (the mountain in the background is Jabalcón)|
|A very basic map of Embalse de Negratin, Granada Province, Spain|
|Landed on this spit for the mid-morning snack.|
|........ and on this one for a picnic lunch.|
|That's Jabalcón in the distance.|
If the reservoir had been at full capacity I might have been able to paddle a lot further up that little valley.
It was strangely quiet around Negratin on Tuesday, only the occasional screech from a few seagulls broke the silence - there was no other birdsong, anywhere. And, until I glimpsed some small critters scuttle down a bank and plop into the water, I thought I wasn't going to see any wildlife at all along the shores. A bit of patient waiting and watching revealed those critters to be little terrapin. With the help of a basic photo guide book to Mediterranean wildlife they were later identified as baby stripe-necked terrapins. Mine were 'photo shy'.
I'm glad that I went when I did. Later this week the daytime temperatures soared to above 30°C. (n the shade). I wouldn't want to be on the water for very long when it's that hot, especially when it's flat calm and mirror-like.
This was only my third outing in my Neris Valkure-1 folding kayak, so it is still too soon to be writing any sort of review, but the kayak is living up to expectations and proving to be pretty ideal for the sort of paddling I want to do.