Wednesday 9th August 2017 drove in Ana & Joao's car to Furnas arriving there at around 1300 hrs. We parked the car at the Poca da Donna Beija
where Jeannette spent the day in the thermal (39C) pools
Mike, with the aid of the Viewranger Map App, found a route to join the PRC22SMI TRAIL TO pico do Ferro
then up this trail
Occassional glimpses of the Lagoa das Furnas
Several fallen trees
Eventually reaching the Pico do Ferro mirador
which gave superb views of the Furnas town
and, of course, the Lagoa das Furnas
The trail follows the caldera ridge for a short while
before starting its descent zizagging down through the forest of mainly Japonese Cedar
Eventually passed the Casa da Grená
The Casa da Grená was a summer house constructed by a Mr Vines, the English Consul-General at Ponta Delgada, in 1855. He named the house Grená in honour of his wife's familial relations: his spouse was the niece of Daniel O´Connell (who organized the Catholic movement in Ireland) and stayed at their Irish relatives' home, also called Grená. (This info is from Wikipedia)
Past the fumeroles which restuarants use to slow cook meals
Lagoa das Furnas
Arrived back at the car at 17.13hrs ( made a navigational error on the return to the car - did not recognise the turn off and ended up making an unnecessary loop through the town of Furnas).
Total distance 8.3 km in 4hrs 8 mins, max elevation 544m, minimum elevation 205m, climbed 339m.
After collecting Jeannette at the thermal pools, we drove to the pretty little port of Caloura
Where we had supper (inside as it was very windy and cold on the terrace)
Manuel & Leticia had brought us here a few weeks ago - very special place and restuarant
Then drove back to a rolly Dutch Link in the Ponta Delgada marina after having had a superb day out.