In recent days we had the official arrival of Summer, something as i have said (many times) before that i don’t especially welcome. This year i might have been a good deal more positive about it, had i not been injured, as i could have welcomed the solstice by going to ski the East of Peñalara where there is still enough snow to slide more than 300m vertical. Other fanatics were there on June 22, celebrating the First Madrid Summer Ski Day. Yet another testimony to the exceptionalness of the weather this year.
However there was another arrival last week..even less deserving of a welcome. The National Farce of Guadarrama received definitive political approval. Oh sorry, that should have been “National Park“..it’s just that more than a National Park, what the right-wing politicians running the show in Madrid and Castilla y León have approved is more like a theme park, a sort of very big Warner Park, the only thing lacking is a Bugs Bunnius guadarramensis. Huge areas of immense significance have been completely left out of the Park, like La Peñota, the mountain that rises directly above Cercedilla, and much of Los Montes de Valsaín. Protection levels will actually be reduced for areas like Peñalara. The farce reaches its climax in Guadarrama’s central area where the peaks of Guarramillas – Bola del Mundo – are left unprotected to facilitate a possible link between the two so-called “ski stations” (..er, yes, ski stations..in the middle of a National Park?).. In short, a theatrical-marketing farce mainly designed to attract tourists and promote local urban building projects. The only kind of conservation that the conservative políticos behind this “Park” are interested in is that of their and a few others’ traditional privileges. These people’s way of thinking is the very antithesis to the concept of National Park – as defined in the US in the early twentieth century – and in order to protect their interests they are quite willing to sacrifice the idea of natural conservation and will readily prostitute the Sierra of Guadarrama.
So, welcome to the Farsa Nacional de Guadarrama!