Winter’s trek from seaside to mountaintop

View of Lefka Ori

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.

View of Lefka Ori over Kounoupidiana

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.

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.

Road to Omalos

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.

View of Libyan Sea from Lefka Ori mountains

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.

Omalos 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!


About Melanie A Crane

Quote: "The best journeys ask questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask." (Anon) Here's my journey: Enjoying my short life on this earth one moment at a time by being intentional with God, family, traveling, cooking, gardening, Colorado living and all the perks that come with it, playing guitar, listening more and talking less. I've discovered that both cooking and travel can be messy at times but the risks can have some amazing results. The same goes for life lived with passion.
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2 Responses to Winter’s trek from seaside to mountaintop

  1. Nice pics ! I wonder with what camera you took those pics !
    Really brilliant nonetheless keep it up !

  2. Giovanni says:

    Amazing pictures! We love your Cretan Chronicles Mel.

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