The Canary Islands - known for DOGS???

Trip Start Oct 10, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Spain  , Canary Islands,
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Our next leg took us from Madeira to Teneriffe North, the scene of what is today still the worlds worst air disaster, which occurred more than 25 years ago.

Dawn at Madeira saw Captain Granite saddle up in the DOG for this leg to the Canary Islands...not known for its canaries BUT for DOGS! 

Now in case you are wondering about that, although the canary is a type of finch native to the Canary Islands, the islands were not named for them. In fact, the name for these Spanish islands (Islas Canarias in Spanish) actually means “Island of Dogs.” The original inhabitants of the island, the Guanches, treated the large dogs (Canes) on the islands as if they were holy animals, worshipping and even mummifying them. When the Romans first landed on the island, they called itCanarii, Latin for “one who worships dog” or “the ones with dogs,” and the name stuck. So the canary bird was actually named after the island and not the other way around.

So it was fitting that THE DOG make this leg to the Island of Dogs! and not one of those mamby pamby new generation fan dangled NGX thingies of some bloody three engined monstrosity.

 The bus duly arrived as the sun made its way into a lazy Atlantic sky over Madeira.

Obviously the pax were just as bloody lazy. It took forever to get 'em on board and by the time we shut up and pushed it was full daylight!

Departure saw us on the RWY 05 ORTIL departure with a hard right turn to avoid terrain ahead.

We climbed into a somewhat clouded sky and settled into a F170 cruise for the shortish hop across to the Island of Dogs.

Given there was a little cloud, and a LOT OF GRANITE we elected for the ILS approach to the runway. Approach and landing was uneventful and as we broke visual we made an almost unconscious scan of the runway checking for other aircraft.

After landing we taxied off with "the intersection" behind us and made our way to the terminal for the next leg on this epic voyage.



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