Just a Little Walk

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The entrance to the Samaria Gorge

Okay, Okay Okay! I am gone hiking for a day and everyone is worried that I have not updated my blog. Well, you are going to be so sorry because I have so much to tell you.

It all started two nights ago when I went out for dinner and ordered wine. Now you have to know that one glass of wind is 3 euros and 1/2 L is 5 euros. So guess which one I ordered. I had to finish the wine. Couldn't finish my dinner but the wine must be consumed. Then I went for a walk on the beach and decided to lay on a lounge chair. That is when I took the video of my toes (with commentary). Guess what... I fell asleep and woke up and it was dark. I couldn't believe I fell asleep on the beach at night. How safe is that? Needless to say I woke up laughing and laughed the entire way to my hotel.

Just some of the first steps
(Only across the street). Now I am living...

 Since my gorge walk was set for 5:30 I asked for a wake up call just in case I slept in past 5 am, and am I glad I did. I was sound asleep and would have missed my bus. Ran out the door with my knapsack for the hike and forgot my bathing suit. (The story gets a whole lot better).

The drive up the northern coast was spectacular and so was the drive through the island to the White Mountains. They call them that because of the amount of snow on them in the winter. They are also made of limestone so they appear white. The vegetation during the drive went from olive trees, orange orchards, figs to pine trees. It was lovely and took us over 2 hours. We got to the entrance to the gorge at 8 am.

Why they call them white mountains
We were the first ones there so it was nice a quiet.

So the trek was absolutely amazing. Very grueling and challenging but so worth it. It is no wonder there is physical restrictions to who can go. At the end there are lots of people leaving the gorge with sprained knees, rolled ankles, scrapes and bruises. People have to be taken out by donkey several times a day. You will see more in the pictures.

I went happily on my way and took lots of pictures. I won't bore you with all of them but I never feel you can show the real beauty with photos. It took me 4 1/2 hours to do the 16 km. I didn't stop as I was worried I wouldn't be able to get up again. I can't begin to describe how challenging it was. My legs were like rubber for most of it and you had to watch every single step you took.

Drinking water! I actually filled up my water bottles.
I twisted my foot a couple of times but nothing serious. My knees were quite sore at the end but so worth it. It was getting really hot at the end and I had gone through 3 water bottles and never had to go to the bathroom. That is how much I was sweating.

When I was finished the hike we were suppose to meet at a restaurant down at the beach at 3:15. That gave me just under 3 hours to do what? I didn't bring a bathing suit. Great! Its 40 C out, I'm hot and can't swim. We  were on the Libyan Sea and I really wanted to try all of the waters that I could. Well maybe I can... When in Rome do as the Romans do... When in Greece do as the Europeans do. So yes, I decided to go to a rather secluded part of the beach (as best I could) and I did it.

Outhouses. The guide called them "disgusting". Do you think I used them? NOT!
I took off my shirt, looked around. I was safe (kind of) Took off my shorts. I thought what is the difference with a bathing suit and your bra and panties. Right!  Oh heck! I'm never going to see any of these people again in my life so the BRA came off. Yes, there I was; a whitey with a pink thong. Run Beth run! The trouble is the beach is all stones and they are killing my feet. Doesn't matter, I had to get to the water and fast. I ran so quickly into the water that I am sure I was a flash of white lightening. Had a nice swim but didn't go out too far as I was scared for my knapsack and clothes on the beach. I have seen too many movies where someone plays tricks and I would have died if that happened to me. So there you go... I was brave. Now how was I going to get out? Hadn't thought about that when getting in.
Some guy asked if I wanted my picture taken. Why not?
 Getting out was even faster than going in. You know in the superman movies when Clark Kent changes his clothes... that was me. So now I am chuckling to myself thinking who would have thought. I honestly don't think one person noticed or even saw me. So there... I did it. What an experience. As I walked along the beach I noticed a little store up above way in the distance. Guess what? They sell bathing suits! Now I laughed out loud. So I went in and bought a bikini. Yes, girls your mother has lost it and is now going to try a bikini.

I figured I had had enough sun for the day so I went and found a lounge chair and umbrella. I sat there for over an hour just enjoying the view. I saw lots of other people overcome the challenge of changing from hiking to swim wear.

This is what we had to walk on
One fellow stripped right down in front of me. I wasn't fast enough to get my camera out so no pictures of that one. While I was enjoying the view this fellow comes up to me and pulls out a receipt book. He says something in Greek and I thought he wanted to take my picture. I said "No thank you". He said only 3 euros for one person. I said "No thank you!" again. He asked me if I didn't have any money. I said I had money and my own camera. Then I thought he wanted to offer me a drink. You know beach side service. I again said "No thank you". He reluctantly walked away. I thought "Pushy". After sitting there for a half an hour longer, I got up to leave and saw the sign. It said " two chairs and umbrella 6 euros". OOPS! I guess he was telling me to pay for the chair.
Inukshuk village.
See... sometimes it pays not to speak the language. Laughed out loud again. Hey this was getting fun. Just act like you own the joint and nobody is going to get euros out of me.

Came back and showered. I don't think I've ever felt better than after that shower. Headed out for dinner and strolled along the beach until I found a place that caught my fancy. I thought I better order my 1/2 L of wine again but this time I didn't have to finish it. (Only if I wanted to). Low and behold, this couple at the next table said that they recognized my accent and thought I was from Canada. It turns out they are from Liverpool but lived in Saskatchewan for a few years when they were first married. We struck up a conversation and had a lovely chat.

This is the one I made. Had to be like everyone else.
I told them all about my swimming experience and they roared. No walk on the beach for me as I really wanted to get to bed early as I had had a long day and I really wanted to get up and go for a run on the beach. Guess what?  I did. In fact I am just back and I am sitting here in my running clothes writing this blog.

I am going to see if I can stay in my hotel for a couple more nights so I can go scuba diving tomorrow. If I can't I need to find another hotel and that might take some time. I also have to get out and get this white body some sunshine. Now I think I have become a total exhibitionist.

aswold says:
What an exciting adventure!
Posted on: May 23, 2009
brendagolf says:
beth i love coming home and reading your blog its like reading a novel. i laughed at your skinny dipping storie. be careful scuba diving but have fun brenda
Posted on: Jul 07, 2008
esposito36 says:
Hey girl,

So I just finished reading all your blogs...sounds like the trip is getting Interesting!!!!!! I can't wait to continue reading about your adventures! Scuba diving sounds incredible.
Please say a prayer for Mike's mom in one of the churches. We are going to Edmonton July 17 till ?? I know it sucks I won't be able to see you but soon enough!
When are you in Rhodes?
Love the skinny dipping story. I am sooooo proud of you girl!
Keep typing....but remember to go out and have fun!
Love Lizzy
Posted on: Jul 07, 2008
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The entrance to the Samaria Gorge
The entrance to the Samaria Gorge
Just some of the first steps
Just some of the first steps
Why they call them white mountains
Why they call them white mountains
Drinking water! I actually filled …
Drinking water! I actually filled…
Outhouses. The guide called them …
Outhouses. The guide called them …
Some guy asked if I wanted my pict…
Some guy asked if I wanted my pic…
This is what we had to walk on
This is what we had to walk on
Inukshuk village.
Inukshuk village.
This is the one I made. Had to be …
This is the one I made. Had to be…
Even the young ones get sore feet!
Even the young ones get sore feet!
Safety station. They had six of th…
Safety station. They had six of t…
If you get hurt, you have to ride …
If you get hurt, you have to ride…
The old town of Samaria
The old town of Samaria
You dont have to tell me twice. I…
You don't have to tell me twice. …
There is light at the end of the t…
There is light at the end of the …
Lots of these little rickety bridg…
Lots of these little rickety brid…
Now how does a rock get up there l…
Now how does a rock get up there …
Watch your step. It was like this …
Watch your step. It was like this…
Wild goats!
Wild goats!
The end!
The end!
Water! Yippee!
Water! Yippee!
Look carefully at the lady on the …
Look carefully at the lady on the…
The little store that sold the lit…
The little store that sold the li…
As the boat is pulling out. We had…
As the boat is pulling out. We ha…
This is when my battery went dead.
This is when my battery went dead.
Samaria
photo by: peterbc2