The Caminito del Rey in Spain

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   I was trying to add the link to my Pinterest board to my blog the other day, and it got me thinking about some of my pins. I have one pin that is, hands down, the single most popular pin I’ve ever posted. When I’m notified that someone has liked or re-pinned something from me, 95% of the time I can guess which one it is.  I have two different “Desfiladero de los Gaitanes” pins, one modern day and one from the old days (see above pictures). The modern day “Desfiladero de los Gaitanes” has been re-pinned and liked about 150 times, while the older one has only a few likes & re-pins. Of the two, I find myself drawn to the older photo,  due to the history and the men behind the grand adventure, but most people are drawn to the newer picture, with the two people walking the pathway together.

Anyway, back in 1983, my friends and I saved every dollar we made and went to Europe. We hiked everywhere, camping high in the Alps, staying in hostels when we had money, and slept in city parks when we didn’t. We were hanging out at a flea market in Paris, when somebody suggested hiking the Camino de Santiago (some call it, The Way of St. James). Then someone else suggested we journey down to Seville, Spain, where we could go see the nearby Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (Gorge of the Gaitanes). The gorge was famous for the Caminito del Rey (The King’s Little Pathway), which was an amazing man-made walkway across the sides of the sheer cliffs in the gorge.

“The King’s Little Pathway” came about in 1901, when the nearby hydroelectric power plant owner decided that its workers needed a walkway to make crossing the gorges easier and to facilitate transport of needed materials. The construction took four years, finishing in 1905. King Alfonso XIII visited the place in 1921, crossing the walkway for the inauguration of the finished dam, after which they named it “Caminito del Rey”.

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