After a particularly wet, windy couple of weeks in January, we had a welcome break in the weather. The Lefka Ori mountain range that had been wrapped up in dense cloud cover for almost two weeks finally shed its packaging and revealed a mirage-like gift of astounding beauty.
A fine remedy for cabin fever was a day spent outside playing in the sun and snow. We started our day with a sea side walk in the water at sunny Stavros cove.
Within an hour we were winding our way up into the mountains anticipation a romp in the water of a different form – snow.
We took the road less traveled that snaked up and around the west side of the mountain and crested at the ridge where giant windmills stood sentinel on their perch. From here, the view south opened up to the Libyan Sea.
The road descended to the Omalos Plateau in a secluded area pristine with new fallen snow and it stopped abruptly where the plows had finished their day’s work. We parked the car and hiked the rest of the way to the plateau.
On the way back to sea level we marveled at the unique opportunity we have to experience Crete at all altitudes within an easy drive from our house. Those people that complain about winters here don’t get out enough!