Wisdom of the Mountains – a Poem

The following poem is contributed by Christos, a regular Stroller. It is titled “Wisdom of the Mountains”. The photo was taken by Christos, one morning on Madari, as the moon was setting, earlier this month. Have you got a contribution to make?

There are no words when reaching the top.
There are no words while climbing towards your goal.
There are no words when you stop, turn your body, focusing, looking and experiencing a glorious sunset.
There are no words when you are hungry and eat a simple bread.
There are no words when you are thirsty and drinking the humble water.
There are no words when hugging your fellow traveller.
There are no words when changing clothes after sweating.
There are no words when you are lost and you have to decide, you then have to trust your instinct. It is the only thing you’ve got.
Even the steepest side becomes easy when we create a zigzag path.

Believe that the top is the only purpose and you then miss the journey. The real purpose of climbing is just to climb.
Believe that the journey is the only purpose and you then miss the top. The real purpose of climbing is to reach the top.

There are endless routes to the Top. Our route is only one of them, not “The One”.
Mountain is not good or bad, tall or short, green or brown. Like life they are what they are. New, every second.
There are no words, when feeling the mountain.
There are no words, when walking in the mountain.
There are no words……

A Grand Hike – Madari, 29 April

The excursion of Saturday 29 April, involving the Grand Circle of Madari hike was grand in every respect (scenery, vegetation, exercise, length, companionship), and truly rewarding for the Strollers who took on the challenge. Join us on 7 May at Fikardou https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/mahairas-lazanias-and-fikardou-trail-sunday-7-may/.

Orchids

Two Beauties, Resting at a stop

Strollers with Sense and Sensibility – Pitsilia Hike 2 April

A small group of Strollers displayed exemplary sense and sensibility on Saturday 2 April concerning the picturesque hike from Stavros Agiasmati to Panagia Araka. Defying the forecast of rain, and comfortable with the driving instructions, we were all appropriately prepared and copiously rewarded, since rain fell in Nicosia and Limassol, but there was not a drop on our path; proof of the general rule that luck is on the side of those who dare. Among the delights of the outing we had several instances of flowering orchids, Arabis purpurea, asphodels, milk vetch and almond trees; carpets of vivid green mosses and masses of tiny yellow-blue wild peas. There were also amazing vistas; at every turn the views changed; sometimes we were looking at sheer rocks, sometimes thick forest, then the distant bay of Morphou, the majestic Madari mountains and the villages of Platanistasa, Alona on the left, Lagoudera and Saranti on the right, nestling below the peaks. The meal at Fountoukia taverna was a well-deserved treat, with delicious and seemingly endless meze dishes, their potato chips which rank among the best on the island, and creamy sweets to finish off an unforgettable day. Compliments to Mary for contributing to this write-up and to Marios for the photos. Join us on 8 April at Mahairas https://cyprus-strollers.org/activities-description/mahairas-south-slopes-two-hikes-sat-8-april/

Probably the Most Youthful Hiking Club – Madari Hike 22 Oct.

The Cyprus Strollers were brimming with freshness and youthfulness once more, on the hike of Saturday 22 October on Madari, from Selladi to Doxa si o Theos and back. Not only did we feature probably the youngest Walk leader among all hiking clubs, we also had two young boys setting the pace, in front. These elements, alongside the captivating forest scenery, the long views, and the good weather conditions created a memorable experience. Furthermore, we traced the first cyclamens of the season and spotted a tree trunk undergoing peeling. The assortment of dishes at Fountoukia taverna at the end was the perfect reward every Stroller deserved. Compliments to Christos for leading, and to Lowell and Teresa for sharing their photos. Join us on 30 Oct. on the Persephone trail.

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Perfect weather – Optimal performance: Madari Grand Circle 8 May

A large, committed group of Strollers accepted the challenge of the hardest hike of the year on Sunday 8 May. The perfect weather conditions – cool, cloudy, with a brief spell of rain – helped our performance and we completed the Grand Circle of Madari in record time. Rewards were plentiful: beautiful orchids, a carpet of moss, magnificent forest of cedars, golden oaks and pines and amazing views to Kyperounda village below, Madari summit Watch Station and more. Compliments to Christos for leading this excursion and to Christine and George for the photos. Join us on 14 May on Amiantos.

Walk leader on the job

Walk leader on the job

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through the cedars

through the cedars

 

artist's view of Kyperounda

artist’s view of Kyperounda

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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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A Wonderful Hike, along the Vineyards, 11 Oct.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable hike on 11 October, at Selladi Karamanli, in Pitsilia. We walked along a dirt road, which cuts across the rich vineyards, met local farmers picking their crop, who generously offered the group bunches of grapes. We enjoyed the exercise, the views, and the meal at the taverna. It was a very large gathering and the Cyprus Strollers welcomed many newcomers. Compliments to Amanda, for the photos.

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Chestnut fruits

Chestnut fruits

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