Our stay at St Petka Monastery last night was lovely. Our beds were small, but in such a spotlessly clean room…except for the wee mouse poops on the pillows. The place was very peaceful. There was a little kitchen we could use and assorted comfortable chairs to sit and read or in my case sit and snooze in. A dinning room table for our evening meal of bread and cheese and cucumber….and we found glasses for our wine. We wished we’d had more wine but frankly our packs were heavy enough lugging all that stuff up there. We were able to make coffee this morning be fore heading off on a pretty tough hike over the Galicica mountain range. We’d read about the vicious brush and over grown sections but it wasn’t nearly as bad as a section of trail we negotiated on our very first day back in Albania. We dressed ourselves in some fine fashion to engage the thorns and stinging nettles. Pictures included here for your amusement. These garments have been left hanging on a bush.
And now because WordPress is so random about where it drops pictures…. Here are a couple of pictures of our digs at the monastery. Back to today’s walk…….There was however some seriously tricky navigation. Our dear Gypsy decided she couldn’t see the satellites well enough through the the heavy tree cover so she took a wee break during a period where we had no trail to follow. Pat got out her trusty compass and led us straight to where Gypsy could once again do her magic. The real magic was that we ended up exactly where we were supposed to be. This was in very steep, rugged, treed terrain so – way to go Pat! Needless to say we were both pleased when gypsy could continue with her normal navigation! Much of today’s hike was either steeply up or in trees but some of it was in glorious subalpine and it was worth every step! Some of our best scenery so far on this trip.
We are now in an odd hotel just south of Resen. Friendly owners, nice meal. Cold beer. Very hot shower – oh that was soooooo nice! As usual we are almost comatose already and it’s just after 7pm! Our room looks like a Chinese laundry.