Just a Little Walk
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.