March 28, 2016
I DID IT!!! Today I hiked to Fikiada Bay and back in 5 hours and 20 minutes. The other day when I was looking at the trail map they have posted down the road, I realized that I have been hiking on the dirt road and not the actual footpath leading to Fikiada. Though the road does lead there, it just takes longer. Yesterday, I looked at my week and decided today would be the best day to do this hike as it would be the coolest day of the week; you really need to wear pants on these footpaths. This morning when I woke up it was raining; I couldn’t believe it as it wasn’t part of the forecast today. So I went and looked out the windows to see if it was just passing by and which way the clouds were going. Of course the clouds were going in the direction that I would be hiking but there was hope the sun would make its way through. When it rains here it doesn’t for long and even though the rain was coming down good, I decided, and prayed, to still get ready to leave when I had planned. Sure enough, the rain did not last ten minutes and the sun eventually broke through the clouds and it was a beautiful day.
When I left the apartment, I was very determined to make it to Fikiada today! I found where the footpath started off from the dirt road and I was on my way up the mountain! The first part was pretty tough but I was determined and I stopped to rest at the church I came to less than a mile up. I hadn’t had time to eat breakfast and needed to have a quick snack. After heading out from the church, it was pretty easy going for quite a while. I actually had fun on this part of the footpath as there were a lot of big and small rocks and I tried to only step on the rocks and not the dirt. I felt like a little kid today! Then there was a part of the footpath that had a lot of loose rock and in a five minute timeframe, I had twisted my left ankle three times. I was praying so hard because I didn’t want to head back because of an injury. It worked itself out as I kept going and tried to be more careful and I also stopped and retied my shoes tighter to support my ankle more; this worked well. When I made it to Fikiada, I took my shoes and socks off and iced my ankle; it wasn’t bad at all, just a little swollen and not hurting too much.
On this hike I learned to take panoramic pictures and the first ones were great of the sky; if only I were taking pics of the sky. lol I did finally get the hang of it and at least was able to get a few good panoramic shots. I’ve never done them before on this camera and made some mistakes. The one of Fikiada did come out good and I will try and post that one; not sure how it will turn out on my post as I haven’t done these types of photos before on my blog. If not, I have other great pics to share with you of Fikiada.
When I was eating, I prayed to God that if I could take the shorter path home, may I find it quickly and I did. Coming down the footpath to Fikiada was difficult and I knew it would be worse going up and I was concerned about how my ankle would do. I am so glad I took the shorter footpath home because it was mostly flat up until the last 45 minutes, where I was climbing, otherwise, I was walking along near the sea. It was beautiful, I even did a video because it was beautiful listening to the birds and the waves. There were some great rocks to sit on and just chill if you wanted to and just watch the sea. I would love to go back there and just sit and talk with God and just be still there. I was really loving hiking on this footpath by the sea; it was so peaceful and beautiful.
It was an encouraging and beautiful day! I will say I am in A LOT of pain right now! After my hot shower, I took some Extra Strength Tylenol and I only had two left and they don’t sell it here. So tomorrow I will have to deal with the pain, though I decided that as tomorrow will be a rest day and it’s going to be warm, I will rest on the beach. I decided last week that this week as it will be warmer, I am going to take a swim in the sea as I want to do this before I leave too.
I hope you enjoy coming along with me on this hike through all the pictures. If you love hiking and are wanting to visit the Greek Islands, this is the island, that I know of, that you wouldn’t want to miss hiking on.