The Samaria gorge resides within the Cretan White Mountains, a landscape that remains very difficult to traverse, even on foot.  It is within these mountains that repeatedly over the centuries enclaves of Cretans outlasted their intruders and carved out life on their terms.

The mountains afforded us no exception.  To move 25 miles east along the southern coast of Crete we had to drive 100 miles in total to the north coast, then east, then back south, around the White Mountains, until we arrived to our next destination, Loutro.

We were attracted to Loutro for peace, quiet and swimming, augmented by the fact that you can arrive there only by ferry, boat or foot.  We chose foot, driving as close as we could, and walking the remaining 30 minutes.

This video shows a portion of our road decent to to where we started walking.  I love the freedom of exploring by car and this vignette is playful example of unplanned adventure to be had in unknown lands.