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Since this town of a few hundred people has only one road running through it, it was very easy to find our hotel for the night. The owner came out and greeted us, took us upstairs and gave us an option for our room. We took the slightly smaller one with a great view of the gorge. After admiring the cute room for a minute (I am smacking myself now for not taking a picture), we went back out to talk to the owner aabout hiking the gorge the following day.
He immediately told us to expect rain tomorrow, which was an instant bummer. Determined to hike anyway, we decided that we would depart at 8:30 in the morning - and that he would have breakfast ready for us and a bag lunch to take on the journey. He also told us about the monastery of Agia Paraskevi, which was a short walk from where we were and also Oxia Point, which has amazing views of the entire gorge.
We stretched our legs on the short walk through the village down to the monastery of Agia Paraskevi. This now abandoned monastery is situated right on the edge of the gorge and has some great views itself. Who would put a monastery there, I am not sure. We walked back to our car and started up the road to this Oxia Point. Shortly after we begun driving, a dog, who had been sitting to one side of the road, jumped to his feet and charged us, barking all the way. Not knowing his intentions, although it looked like he just wanted to get run over, I swerved out of the way. The dog ran after us a bit and then went back to his spot. My heart had missed a beat because the last thing I wanted to do was kill a dog and damage the rental car.