Tired Legs and Muddy Shoes

Yesterday morning, as the roosters brought up the sun, I yawned, stretched in bed, wrapped my arms around my sweetheart, and said, ” I wish you didn’t have to go to work today.” He smiled and said (in Portuguese) “I don’t, my boss gave me the day off.” Excited, I said “Really?! Ok, let’s go on a hike!”

We drank coffee, ate rice pancakes,  enjoyed the warmth of the sun shining in through the kitchen window, packed up a little bag, and headed out the door. We drove to the other side of the island.

We parked at a place called Barreiro da Fanceca, and began our hike. And this hike, while not a easy hike, leads to one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Near the start of the hike,  there are two medium-sized waterfalls, from different streams and flowing in different directions, they pour into the same pool of water (not sure where the water goes from there, maybe underground?).

Mother nature, your magic is extra strong here. 

Back to the hike: The trail winds through the forest and across a little stream. Once out of the forest, WOW!!!! Standing at the top of the mountain, breathing it all in… The ocean, the cliffs, the sky, the fresh air. 

View From TheTop, Hiking, Santa Maria Azores
View From The Top, Hiking, Santa Maria Azores
Never ending shades of blue
Never ending shades of blue

We decided to brave the mud, and the steep terrain, and hike all the way down to the ocean. It was steep, it was slippery. We made it. It was awesome.

beautiful photo of Santa Maria

The Waterfall Queda de água
The Waterfall
Queda de água

There are the ruins of an old house, which only adds to the magic.


Aside from a group of goats, we had the whole place to ourselves.

Goats enjoying the steep terrain
Goats enjoying the steep terrain (Upper left hand corner)
My awesome son...
My awesome son…
hooray for a beautiful day.. family hike
Hooray for a beautiful day.. Family Hike

With tired legs and muddy shoes and a smile~Yogini Tiff

On the island of Santa Maria, you will not find fancy restaurants, good shopping, Broadway musicals or art museums.. But, If you are looking for solitude, natural beauty, and peace, Santa Maria Azores  is paradise. 


7 thoughts on “Tired Legs and Muddy Shoes

      1. She’s a Capricorn who has found love again in her mid 80’s. Also, I was thinking the other day, Venus rules the navel, thought you would find that interesting… x

      2. wow, that is such a beautiful story about your mom. And Gneiss, I had no idea Venus ruled the navel, astrology just keeps getting more and more interesting the more I learn. I have been looking at astrology charts and gardening lately. There is so much I need to learn!!!!!!!!!!!!! xx


    Olá!!! I’m sooooo happy to see that you had your baby, and are now living in Portugal with your love. What a magical and beautiful way to start the year!!! You look amazing and I can see so much love and happiness in your smiles. I just flooded your inbox with “likes”. Hahaha… Oops… But I wanted to catch-up and just loved reading each post and ooh-ing and aah-ing at your pictures. 😀

    I think I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again anyway 🙂 You are such an inspiration. Reading your posts brighten my day and provide me lots of food for thought. Thank you for being you. I wish you a year filled with love, joy, beauty, inspiration, and light. Adeus!

    1. OH VIOLETA, THANK YOU. With all the stories, adventures, twists and turns in my life, I am learning to just laugh a little, and add another chapter to the book. And Violeta, I wish for you love, beauty, inspiration, and light right back at you. . and if you are ever in the Azores… xxxx

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