The morning starts somewhat cloudy, but soon the sky is shining blue again and the crickets in the trees sound deafening again. There are so many that you can easily see them. They are remarkably large. Just on the sound, you can locate them.
We enjoy a bit by the pool and drive after lunch to the Luberon massif.
The GPS sends us to the wrong place, where a sign says we're in the wrong place, but that's the GPS's fault. Funny. For this we drove a quarter of an hour on a very narrow, friable road. Then you come to an abandoned parking lot where, if you search well, you notice that you are in the wrong place. The sign says how to drive.
This time we find the parking lot where we need to be: the road to the entrance of a gorge: Gorges de Regalon.
The travel guide where we found this tip says 'for the experienced hiker'. We're curious.
The walk starts on a fairly wide hiking trail, past olive trees and other vegetation.
After a while we see what we came for: two steep mountain walls form an impressive gorge.
Soon the gap becomes very narrow and you need to squeeze a little into bends to get through it.
Now comes the part “for the trained walker”. I don't call it walking anymore. You climb over boulders up between the steep cliffs. In the past, the gap became inaccessible several times due to landslides and collapses. There are obvious signs of that.
If you come across oncoming traffic, you can barely get to the side. Waiting at a distance for people to climb over the boulders is all you can do. People with small children, sometimes preschool children, we also meet. How these are going to get through certain pieces is a mystery to me.
After a while we arrive at two openings, where people made all kinds of typical stone turrets. Some have been very creative.
Sometimes there is a decent amount of water in the gorge. Then it is recommended to put on waterproof shoes. The vegetation always finds a place to survive. Just take a look at this tree.