Seriously! The weather has gone absolutely nuts.
Yesterday’s return hike from Lissos to Sougia started out well enough, warm and sunny but as we climbed out of the valley onto a high plateau dark grey clouds boiled up and torrential driving rain soon had us soaked. Our jackets held up to the onslaught but we weren’t wearing rain pants so our legs got drenched. The red clay turned into a quagmire of sticky ooze making our shoes heavier and heavier with every step. As soon as we got back into Sougia we headed into the one taverna with a fire place and dried off while devouring bowls of hot soup.
Then the questions. Would the ferry run? Would the ferry run on time? How long would we have to stand outside on a shelterless dock in this cold windy rain waiting? We decided we didn’t like any of the possible scenarios so we got a taxi to take us on to Paleohora.
Up and over the snowing mountains we drove. Yes indeed snow on the peaks and snow beside the road. The temperature a balmy four degrees centigrade.
Today it has been mostly sunny but it is still pretty cold in the wind. That wind is blowing at storm force (a nine on the Beaufort scale). The mountains are looking very pretty and white. The sea is filled with white caps and water spouts and swirles. There was a regional power failure earlier and we’ve seen several large tree branches down. We walked up to a village above Paleochora but stayed on the road as the nearby gorge path is reported to possibly have too much water flowing through it to accommodate walking.
Despite the weather we’re enjoying other aspects of Crete. The food and the people. Both are wonderful. The coastal scenery is fabulous even on a windy day so life is good.