The hills are afire
Trip Start Jul 01, 1997
44Trip End Oct 29, 1997
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The trip got back on track for me as the countryside unfolded, pine forests and interesting coastlines. Many trees had weaver bird nests hanging down in them. Stopped for lunch in Kas and then followed a tortuous coastal road which was quite hairy as I was on the sea side of the truck
Eventually we arrived here, Olimpos, after many windy pine-clad mountain roads. There are lots of campsites around here with sleeping platforms, but unfortunately we've been allocated a piece of land which has been ploughed up and now has deep baked furrows running through it. It's impossible to pitch a tent here. I think you'd roll into a hole in the night. We might all be fighting to sleep on the truck tonight. We've just returned from a swim at the nearby beach which was wonderful. The water was clear and calm and there was a fantastic view of a mountain as we looked back to the beach.
After dinner we took a trip to see the chimera. There is an area on the mountain where fires appear out of cracks in the rocks when the subterranean gases meet the air. A tractor arrived pulling a trailer. This had already visited several other campsites and so the trailer was full. However we all managed to squash on somehow and moved on to the next campsite where even more people got on. The journey was extremely uncomfortable due to the amount of people and the bumpiness of the track. Once there, we had a 25 minute climb up the hill. Crowds of people up there. Very strange to see fire coming out of the rocks like that. While taking a picture my camera jammed with the lens out. I was very worried something would happen to it while i carried it open on the bumpy ride back. Luckily one of the others suggested it was the battery and when I replaced it the lens retracted.