Mt. Olympus in the distance as we're driving towards Litochoro (base for hike up Mt. Olympus).
Sign for Mt. Olympus
Entering the town of Litochoro, at the base of Mt. Olympus.
Town bell tower
Our hotel room with a terrific view of the town and the mountain.
Looking down into the courtyard of the house next door.
View from our balcony.
Mt. Olympus in the late afternoon sun.
Litochoro town square
There seems to be lots of old men lounging in the cafes of Litochoro...
Walking to find food.
The "To Pazari" restaurant recommended in the Fodor's guidebook. Fortunately, the Greek alphabets are somewhat similar to Bulgaria's cyrillic alphabets, so we were able to decipher this restaurant's sign (among other things in Greece).
Inside the restaurant
Sean watching something exciting on the televison behind me (it works out as I'm usually preoccupied with taking photos anyhow).
Our first Greek salad in May
Yum! Calamari from the nearby Aeagen Sea.
The town square by night
Mt. Olympus at night
We explored Litochoro after dinner.
Good morning Mt. Olympus, here we come!
We stopped by the town bakery shop to load up on some snacks and bread rings before heading up Olympus.
We LOVE these sesame bread rings.
Other delicious goodies
Sean loading up on sugar & carbs (donut from the bakery) we the big hike.
Map and information for Mt. Olympus
The doorway to the start of our hike up Mt. Olympus
The trail through the Enipeas Valley to Lithochoro
Trail horse at the start of the trail up
These are the horses that were near the dog in the bush.
We heard this poor dog stuck in the bushes
It turns out that someone had tied the poor dog to the bush, probably so that he wouldn't spook the horses nearby. Sean wanted to free him, but decided that maybe he would cause more problems scaring the horses than being tied to the bush. Poor dog, he was so miserable.
Last prayers before going up.
Waterfall from the melted snow in the mountain.
Our first steps up the trail... we ended up really *hating* these log steps in the long run. By forcing our legs to lift, they made the hike up more difficult. Even going down was difficult.
Hate these log steps!
The first rest stop - still not so bad yet.
Hardly broke a sweat.
This is the easy part of the trail
I found Grizzly Man on Mt. Olympus, and he looks happy.
First view of the glaciers at the top.
Flowers on Mt. Olympus
Tired and sweating, but I can still manage a pose.
The first of several fake signs pointing to Refuge A. It was 2 hours from seeing this sign before we actually got to the refuge.
The summit in a haze.
Sean starting to get annoy with my picture-taking.
Flowers at approximately 1500 meters above sea level.
Fallen trees probably from an avalanche.
The rocky trail
What a cute mountaineer!
Our first encounter with the mountain snow. The haze is starting to set in for us at this level.
This was the most dangerous part of the trail. It was slippery, and if we slipped, we would've slid all the way down somewhere. But, it was the last stretch to the Refuge. FINALLY!
View from Refuge A
You can see some of the trail up here. This trail was probably from the last 1/2 hour up.
You can see the city of Katerini way down there, with the Aegan Sea further out.
Sean starting his lunch of banana and koulouri (bread ring covered with toasted sesame seeds - it's delicious).
Just a man and his banana after a hard climb.
Campers bunking down for the night before heading to the summit in the morning.
This way to Prionia.
This way to the Summits.
Due to the snow, and being unprepared to camp for the night, we turned back to Prionia.
Back down this gravel road again. It was not as easy a descent as we anticipated.
Sean's walking stick... it's maybe a little short for him.
Good bye, Refuge A
Someone's a little tired... make that, alot tired.
But he's a happy fella too.
Trinh, Mountaineering Woman. With her *two* walking sticks.
Man, we could use a nap right now.
Hey, I see you. Stop taking photos of me.
Not sure why that purple sleeping bag was hanging there on the tree in the middle of nowhere.
More of our easy-going trail... NOT.
Taking a breather, and enjoying the scenery.
Red poppies everywhere in Greece
In a few days, we'll be down there on the beach!
We made it!
Refuge A was closed until May 9. It is one of 5 refuges that provide a place for trekkers to take a break, buy supplies/meals, or bunk for the night.