|Two Sisters. The shadows indicates the steepness of the ridge.|
|Stanley reservoir outflow, Moody Brook|
We left the car at Moody Brook, on the site of the former Marines base at the western end of Stanley Harbour. From there, it was a straight 4 mile walk along an old track, which was once the main road from Stanley to outlying farms.
|Once the main (only) road on East Falklands.|
|The endemic Dark-faced ground tyrant|
|Wreckage of war, Two Sisters behind|
|North to Mt Longdon|
|Mts Tumbledown and William|
|Summit slabs, and Mt Kent about 4km west|
30 YEARS AGO....
During the night of the 11th June, 1982, about 600 Royal Marine Commandos attacked the narrow ridges of Two Sisters, which were defended by about 350 Argentine soldiers. Simultaneously, other British forces attacked neighbouring Mt Longdon and Mt Harriet.
|The long ridge, Stanley in distance.|
|Summit ridge. Sheer cliff either side.|
|Stanley Harbour in the distance. Mt Tumbledown, right|
|Remains of a stretcher|
|South peak. The ground pocked with shell craters|
Perhaps it was the lack of a formal memorial, but the informal reminders, like the graffiti and plimsolls, were very moving. After 6 hours of walking, my feet were looking forward to a refreshing soak. I can't imagine what it would have been like to have been on the mountain for a month, in mid-winter, wearing plimsolls.
Another benefit of walking around Stanley is the abundance of mushrooms. This lot would have cost about £10 in the shops. I'm told there are no poisonous mushrooms on the Falklands, so mushroom risotto features regularly on our menu.
There's also the exotic birdlife to enjoy. Although one aspect of UK birds that I miss is the song. As there are virtually no trees, birds have less reason to call to identify rivals, predators or mates. Most birds are silent unless alarmed, which isn't very often as they are fairly laid back. Quite often we have to stop the car to allow upland geese to cross the road.
|Long-tailed Meadowlark. Endemic subspecies.|
However, to make up for the lack of penguins, I've seen seals and dolphins while walking on the beach this week. Sadly, I inadvertently disturbed this guy yesterday. Maybe it was my Nordic Walking poles he didn't like, but after a few minutes watching me, he turned round and wobbled into the surf.
|Track of a Nordic Walker up a sand dune.|
Hope the weather is good where you are. A couple of years ago, while staying at a Shetland hotel, we noticed a Spanish family had left the comment in the visitors' book, - "The weather was so good, we put on all our clothes and went down the beach!". I know what they meant!