Early one pleasant morning, we arrived in Madalena, the capital of Pico. It was a little chilly. The sky was clear, with no clouds to be seen. The small airport is not too far from Pico Alto, which is the highest mountain in the whole of Portugal. This volcano is 2,351 metres high, although only part of it emerges from the waters of the ocean, meaning that it is actually much higher. The view of the mountain was truly magnificent! The organisers who picked us up told us, that such a sight - the volcano surrounded by a clear sky - was very unusual. This lucky beginning was just the start of many more wonderful experiences.