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View as I was walking to the port.

Today was a wonderful day. I started off with a huge breakfast because I needed something to warm me up. It was so cold in the shade (my side of the island is in the shade until about 9 am) so I had a big enough breakfast to warm me up. Good excuse and I am sticking to it. Actually I was so chilled before my coffee; I had goose bumps and was shivering. I didn’t bring clothes for cold wind. The winds here have been really strong the last two days. I guess that is normal for Greece in July. It is wonderful when you are out walking about because the breeze is a welcomed relief from the 40 degree temperatures.

 

I had booked my volcano tour for this afternoon at 5 and decided I want to switch it to 11 am as the breeze would keep things relatively bearable on the hike.

Looking back to my hotel while on my trek.
So walked to Fira, through the back way, over cobbled stones and through hotels. It takes you much longer to walk but you are walking on the cliff side so the scenery is spectacular. I take way too many pictures but each view is so wonderful I always want to remember them. Made it to Fira and most people take the tram or gondola down the cliff side to the port. I decided I REALLY needed the exercise so I walked down the donkey trails. You see, you can choose to take donkeys as a mode of transportation. Since I hate horses (they scare me) then I also hate donkeys. So I am going to walk. The only problem with donkey trails is donkeys poop a lot. I think that’s all they do. They walk 50m and poop. Walk another 50m and poop. And there are 100’s of donkeys. So there is a lot of poop. I was slip sliding down the hill on donkey poop. It was like skiing in Jasper but instead of skis I had flip flops. Made it without landing on my (still sore) butt. Just mind you as I came pretty close a couple of times.

 

Got my ticket changed to the 11 o’clock tour and headed off across the caldera to the volcano.

The first three (of hundreds) of donkeys I saw.
Our guide was wonderful and explained that there really are three volcanoes. Two are dormant and one is active. We hiked up to the craters and saw all of three. It is just like walking on barbeque bricks. It even feels the same. Come to think of it, that is what they are. So no wonder.

 

After touring the volcano we went to the volcanic hot springs aboard a traditional Greek sailing boat. We had to jump off the boat and swim 50m to the hot springs. They told only strong swimmer to go. I was a tad nervous but felt what the heck, I didn’t die in the earthquake, and I won’t die in the strong waves. (It has all to do with my St. Christopher metal) The swim there was fine as the waves were taking you to shore. The hot springs was not nearly as hot as I thought they would be.

View from the port.
In fact they are more like a tepid bath. There is special mud that you are supposed to smear yourself with and it is suppose to be therapeutic. Tried some, but it just made my skin orange. Also my skin tends to be a little delicate right now (as the top layer has burned off) so I thought I better quit while I was ahead. No sooner was I relaxing that the horn sounded to summon us back to the boat. So off I swam back. Now that was more challenging than coming but made it with a few minutes to spare. They didn’t have to throw the life preserver out for me so that is okay.

 

Had such a great time, I decided to try hiking up the donkey poop path on the way home. Now it was 2 o’clock and the sun was in full force. I just wanted to make it up before the rest of my tour came up on donkeys. So I hoofed it (literally) up. I huffed and puffed but made it. Now I had to hike all the way back to my hotel. That was the hard part, as the sun was beating down pretty good.

Look at the neat rock formations.

 

Made it back safely and had to eat again. Come on, I earned it. I may not have earned the entire basket of bread (so what) I enjoyed it.

 

I am off to Ios tomorrow. Party island of Greece! I am such a party girl! Go Girl! Try and stay up past 11. I doubt it.  

missandrea81 says:
Reading your blog is like being right there with you on the donkey path. ;) Great job! Thank you!
Posted on: Jul 28, 2008
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View as I was walking to the port.
View as I was walking to the port.
Looking back to my hotel while on …
Looking back to my hotel while on…
The first three (of hundreds) of d…
The first three (of hundreds) of …
View from the port.
View from the port.
Look at the neat rock formations.
Look at the neat rock formations.
View from the other side
View from the other side
How would you get your luggage to …
How would you get your luggage to…
Can you see the donkey trail on th…
Can you see the donkey trail on t…
One more view of my hotel and the …
One more view of my hotel and the…
I have no idea why I was worried a…
I have no idea why I was worried …
Now can you see the donkey trails?
Now can you see the donkey trails?
One more view.
One more view.
Volcano coming closer.
Volcano coming closer.
Just another view of my hotel and …
Just another view of my hotel and…
Volcano getting closer. The rocks …
Volcano getting closer. The rocks…
The lava is amazing. The reason th…
The lava is amazing. The reason t…
The traditional ship that took us …
The traditional ship that took us…
Crater #1. Dormant volcano.
Crater #1. Dormant volcano.
They are much deeper than they app…
They are much deeper than they ap…
You can see some people hiking on …
You can see some people hiking on…
Volcano #3. This one is active and…
Volcano #3. This one is active an…
If you look in the white rock you …
If you look in the white rock you…
Come on look real close.
Come on look real close.
Get your magnifying glasses.
Get your magnifying glasses.
Okay, Ill zoom. Now can you see t…
Okay, I'll zoom. Now can you see …
Crystals from the volcano.
Crystals from the volcano.
Walking on the easy part of the pa…
Walking on the easy part of the p…
If you look really carefully you m…
If you look really carefully you …
Keep looking for the red rope. I c…
Keep looking for the red rope. I …
Nea Kameni
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