Although it is almost 30 degrees, there is a strong wind again. The 'mistral' makes it feel much fresher. Ideal hiking weather! Do we think...
The plan is to visit the caves of Calès. They are located in the hills behind the church of the municipality of Lamanon and have been inhabited from pre-history.
We park our car and want to start the climb on foot. A sign at the beginning of the hiking trail attracts our attention. It's a sign with info about fire hazard, as you can see here on just about all the hiking trails. Unfortunately there is code red on it, which means it is forbidden to go on the hiking trail. It has a number and a QR code for more information. The phone number does not answer and the QR code lets us end up on advertising. Since there are serious penalties for ignoring this red code and we do not want to take unnecessary risks, we return.
We decide to walk to a small church, high on a hill closer to our residence to enjoy the view: Notre Dame de Beauregard. Since we now come from a different side and drive in the right direction, we do not get to the place where we saw the trail start a few days ago, but we drive higher, while the road becomes narrower and narrower.
Eventually we arrive at the very top of the church of Notre Dame de Beauregard.
It happens that just at this small church, where the view is amazing on all sides, an observation post is located to detect fire in the area. It's always manned.
We start a conversation with the older gentleman who is searching the area with his binoculars and tell him about our experience on the road to the cave houses.
It is because of the strong wind that it is forbidden to enter all hiking trails around the perimeter. When we ask if the fire hazard is greater, he says, “No, not greater. But the slightest spark can cause the fire to spread very quickly. Faster than you can walk. In addition, there could be a large smoke development, which immediately causes you to become intoxicated. '
We still enjoy the view. Below you can see the motorway to the south.
The river 'Durance' shows the typical summer dehydration spots.
So no walk today. Fortunately, our car found this little church as if. We wouldn't have gotten there on foot either.