Full Moon Walk On Snowy Volcano

Each morn­ing at sun­rise when I get out of my tent I admire this mar­velous moun­tains that sur­round me and if I am lucky, the top of the Tei­de vol­cano is vis­i­ble, if not cov­ered in fluffy white clouds.

I was look­ing for­ward to the day, where we hike up to the moun­tain shel­ter on Tei­de for spend­ing a night there and con­tin­u­ing hik­ing up to the crater of the vol­cano before sun­rise from there. For walk­ing up there you need a per­mis­sion, so we had that because it was includ­ed in the book­ing. But then moth­er nature decid­ed to sprin­kle some snow on the vol­cano and here in Tener­ife they can’t han­dle snow :)))

Now my view in the morn­ing and while doing yoga on the beach in biki­ni is the huge Tei­de Vol­cano and sur­round­ing moun­tains coat­ed in white. Here 23°C there -4°C. Real­ly hard to imag­ine and insane­ly beau­ti­ful!

Due to that the author­i­ties had to close the roads lead­ing to the vol­cano. We called the sta­tion to get some infor­ma­tion on the sit­u­a­tion and they told us that it will be not pos­si­ble to walk up in the next days. We were a lit­tle bit upset because we were already very enthu­si­as­tic about that trip. Fur­ther we decid­ed to have a look on the sit­u­a­tion because we’ve already booked a car. So we drove up there hop­ing for the best. But we faced the road sign „car­retera cor­ta­da“ pret­ty soon. There were also some offi­cers keep­ing an eye on the road. We asked them if there is a pos­si­bil­i­ty to go up and they told us that it is ille­gal, even to walk!

That they will be gone at 7 p.m. but police will come after that.  There were a lot of peo­ple and fam­i­lies wait­ing in their cars and it was almost 7, so asked them what they are wait­ing for. Of course they were wait­ing for the offi­cers to leave in order to dri­ve to the top.

After 20 min­utes of think­ing what to do and what will hap­pen if police comes after us it was already 7 so we just did what the oth­ers did — we head­ed to the bright, white, mighty Tei­de.

Cars were parked on the side of the road and peo­ple did snow fights, sled­ded down the hills and made snow­men on their cars to take them tot he south, hahah.

We also stopped our car on the side oft he road and decid­ed to hike for the next miles because there was a lot of snow and the car had no win­ter tires.

The adven­ture con­tin­ued by feet for the next 3 km accom­pa­nied by the shiny, majes­tic full moon. Every­one walked faster than me of course, because I was cap­tured by the pow­er of the moon and the sur­round­ing, tak­ing tons of pic­tures.

It wasn’t even that cold as I imag­ined and walk­ing kept us warm.

That mag­ic land­scape, the ener­gies of the full moon, the shiny snowflakes on the ground and the fresh air were total­ly worth to do this “ille­gal” action. But in the end noth­ing hap­pened … cops were prob­a­bly build­ing snow­men them­selves, haha.

Some facts about Tei­de:

  • Sum­mit: 3.718m (high­est point in Spain).
  • Mount Tei­de is the third largest island vol­cano in the world.
  • Last erup­tion in 1909.
  • Mount Tei­de is a stra­to­vol­cano, formed from lay­ers of hard­ened lava and vol­canic ash.
  • Sev­er­al plants can only be found on the slopes of Mount Tei­de. These include: the Tei­de white broom and the Tei­de daisy.
  • There is a moun­tain range on the Moon called ‘Mounts Tener­ife’, because it was first observed by an astronomer whilst at the sum­mit of Mount Tei­de.
  • The ancient Tener­ife peo­ple, the Guanch­es, wor­shipped the god Achamán. His chief adver­sary was Guay­ota, king of the evil genies and they believed that he lived inside the Tei­de vol­cano, which was the gate­way to hell.
  • Mount Tei­de casts the biggest sea shad­ow in the world.

Love, bless­ings and hap­py full moon! 

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