Youthful Strollers, Spirited Handling of Tough Hike: Platania-Doxa si o Theos, 26 March

There was a great turnout of Strollers, which included a cheerful group of university students, on Saturday 26 March. The hike from Platania to Doxa si o Theos was strenuous, but participants tackled it with the best of attitudes. Compliments to Laurent for leading this outing and to Koula for the photos. Join us on 3 April at Konnos bay.

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Two Summits and Beyond – Mahairas 20 March

A large and varied group of Strollers, of all ages and from 10 different nationalities gathered on Sunday 20 March; hiking involved the visit to a cave and the conquering of two summits, offering rare 360 degree views, on the south slopes of Mahairas; our accomplishment went well beyond, and peaked with a gourmet picnic, the epitomy of generosity of so many Strollers. Compliments to Alex, Koula, Marina and Gerard for the photos. Join us at Platania on 26 March.

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The essential walk leader briefing before walk start

The essential walk leader briefing before walk start

Walk leader identifying a location at a viewpoint

Walk leader identifying a location at a viewpoint

Alex, last survivor out of the cave

Alex, last survivor out of the cave

Strawberry tree flowers

Strawberry tree flowers

One aspect of a very gourmet picnic; Patricia's contribution

One aspect of a very gourmet picnic; Patricia’s contribution

A Magnificent Hike – Pitsilia 12 March

There was so much to enjoy on the hike from Stavros Agiasmati to Panagia Araka, in Pitsilia, on Saturday 12 March. The 2 churches, on the World Heritage list; the lovely trail in dense forest of pine trees, golden oak, mediterranean hawthorn and other trees; the abundance of beautiful shrubs and flowers; the outstanding long views at villages across, over a large section of the path; the spring weather. A rich meal at Fountoukia taverna in Saranti was a well-deserved reward for the Strollers, at the end. Join us on 20 March on Mahairas.

Asphodel

Asphodel

Arabis purpurea-dakria tis Panagias

Arabis purpurea-dakria tis Panagias

Sea squill-avroshilla

Sea squill-avroshilla

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The Magic of Spring at Delikipos hike – 6 March

So many elements combined on Sunday 6 March to turn a plain hike along dirt roads in the fields of Delikipos, into a memorable experience: a feast of lavenders in bloom, the rare sighting of orchids, a double-arched old bridge, and the croaking of a choir of male frogs in a pond! Add to these the joyful conversations of the Strollers, and the picnic of a rich assortment of food, and you have an outing worth repeating. Compliments to Alex for the photos. Join us on 12 March at Pitsilia.

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