After such a long and busy summer, today was spent back on the road with my favourite road-tripping designated driver! It's been a while since we last went on a day trip anywhere. So many of us had people visiting and then vacations away at different times and as much as we were all telling each other that we had to go away together again, it's been too difficult to coordinate anything lately.
And so today, of all days (and thank God for this bank holiday) finally, Gosia and I took a long drive through the local towns along the Costa de Morte. I packed a small picnic for us and we set off around midday without a clear direction of where we were going to end up. With a few quick stops along the way, we listened to bad Spanish radio and old rock classics, and pulled over wherever we saw a pretty view. We aimed for Camariñas on the far west side, a little above Finisterre, and visited three different beaches. Ok the first was more of a small harbour, but we had the last two almost completely to ourselves. It was so beautiful. And the weather was so perfect; the sun keeping us warm enough and the breeze keeping us cool enough.
Since it was a bank holiday, most places were shut so after a quick walk through the town, we headed home for dinner. We spent a while on the last beach walking through the woody area just behind it and noticing the signs to tell us that we were in actually in a "hunting area". I'd like to say that it was a day full of being outside and enjoying the sea and the sand and the salty air but in truth it was just a whole lot of well needed girl-talk and catchup in the car and our scenic stops were more of a picture perfect accompaniment to it all.
I will miss these days of spontaneous drives and the slices of summer we are so lucky to find in the autumn months. Last year we had more peeks of summer weather even through December. And it's always a surprise when, more often than not, the beaches are still left deserted. I remember spending a lazy Sunday in early December, my birthday weekend, somewhere on some beach. Empty except for the four of us. Well.. here's to hoping!