Quad Ride & Scuba

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Our first stop!

I am going to try this story for the third time. I have tried twice before and the internet keeps cutting out. It was so much better the very first time and now it is a little dry. Sorry about that!

Any of you who know me, know that I have let everyone know that I was going to Greece with my imaginary friend Yiannis Maximus. Even though nobody can see him he was going to make sure that he showed me a good time on the Islands. The only problem is... I think Yiannis Maximus got off the plane in Frankfurt and didn't rejoin the trip until Crete. So don't burst my bubble. Yiannis has been alive and well  in my dreams of Greece.

When we went for our quad ride the instructor picked me up (late) and told me the boat that was to take us swimming in the caves had sank.

Yummy Yiannis and a very dusty Beth! Look carefully at my white shirt. You can imagine how we all looked like raccoons when we took out glasses off.
Bummer! Well maybe not as I don't think I really wanted to spend two hours on a boat that had the possibility of going down (with me on it). So I got over that disappointment very quickly although I had worn my bathing suit this time. Oh well! There are far worse things that could go wrong.

When we were all about to get on our quads, our leader introduces himself in very broken English. He said, "How do you do. My name is Yiannis". Well I laughed out loud and everyone looked at me as if I had lost my marbles. I tried really hard to get a grip but told everyone that when I got to know them a little bit I would share a funny story with them. I had found my "Yiannis"!!!!!! The bike trip was amazing and the views that we saw were spectacular. I couldn't take very many pictures as my camera had to be tucked safely away in a rubber box as the dust and bumps were very rattling.

A view of the gorge. Not the one I walked through. Crete has many gorges.

When we stopped for our drinks to wet our parched throats, I felt comfortable in sharing the story with those who could understand English. Needless to say we all had a good laugh and I convinced Yiannis to let me take his picture. So that my friends is the honest to goodness truth on my Greek man Yiannis. It only took him 5 days to come forth. Now I don't know how common the name Yiannis is but I still think that was another wonderful experience. The other thing... look at him. Does he not look just like you would imagine Yiannis to look like.

At the end of our ride, there are 14 bikers and who does Yiannis take home all by themself.. You guessed it.. ME! He left all the other bikers at the base and drove me home. I can't figure that one out but I am not even going to try. I am just living in the moment with my imaginary Yiannis who came to life for four hours. Honestly... I think Yiannis felt sorry for me as I was about 20 years older than any other participant.

If you want to visit the website of the town here it is. http://www.cretetravel.com/Anogia/Anogia.htm

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Our first stop!
Our first stop!
Yummy Yiannis and a very dusty Bet…
Yummy Yiannis and a very dusty Be…
A view of the gorge. Not the one I…
A view of the gorge. Not the one …
Getting some directions and instru…
Getting some directions and instr…
If you look really carefully you c…
If you look really carefully you …
Sandwich and water break. Forget t…
Sandwich and water break. Forget …
The view from the taverna where we…
The view from the taverna where w…
Good Bye Yiannis! Thanks for the m…
Good Bye Yiannis! Thanks for the …
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