Scenic, but dangerous

Is it easier to hike in a flat field of boulders than on a steep downhill studded with slippery rocks? We would soon find out. A semi-path wove between the white rocks. By now we’d been on the trail descending from the White Mountains through the Samaria Gorge for almost four hours.

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The hike was still difficult but for awhile we hiked in the shade of the canyon.

The trail narrowed and a new hazard appeared, falling rocks.

The “D” was missing from all the signs giving them an interesting meaning.

The “D” was missing from all the signs giving them an interesting meaning.

The canyon narrowed and the rock walls on either side of us mapped the effects of geologic changes and erosion from many years ago.

Geologic layering

Geologic layering

Effects of erosion over time

Effects of erosion over time

In the narrow canyon we walked along and crossed the river several times on wooden bridges.

In the narrow canyon we walked along and crossed the river several times on wooden bridges.

The narrowed path and mid-day heat made negotiating the rocky path with an endless stream of hikers more difficult. We’d been hiking over five hours and our energy was waning.   We found a shady spot and split our last Greek savory tart.   Five minutes later, we pulled ourselves up, refreshed and ready to go, and we were surprised to see the park exit straight ahead. We turned in our tickets (so they can be sure everyone who started the hike had been accounted for). Right outside the gate was a stand with fresh orange juice for €2.50.

We started down the path to the little town of Agia Roumeli.

The church, coming so soon after the long hike, probably was cause for many to thank the heavens they made it down the trail in one piece.

The church, coming so soon after the long hike, probably was cause for many to thank the heavens they made it down the trail in one piece.

 

<<…continuing from “It’s all downhill”

…to be continued with “Treat yourself for a job well done” >>

 

July 2014

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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One Response to Scenic, but dangerous

  1. I guess you would be a little angry if a big rock fell on your head!

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