The Rambling Writer Returns to Crete, part 7: Back to the Sea

Thor and I diligently pursue our physical and spiritual therapy in the clear, nurturing Mediterranean off Southern Crete.

NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted to return to Crete after 37 years. My first months-long trip was as a hippie backpacker, camping in the ruins and falling under the spell of the mysterious, vanished Minoan culture. This time, I got to introduce Thor to “glorious Kriti” and research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT. This new blog series started October 19, 2019, and will continue every Saturday.

After the storm riled up the sea (blog post 11/16/19), Thor and I made the most of our last full day on the south coast to plunge in at two beaches. (Doctors’ orders to rehab our leg and hip injuries: swim as much as we could!) First we revisited Skinnaria beach in its steep, rocky cove, where the water was still a bit rough but bracing.

The narrow road up and down was also “bracing,” with its steep turns and jagged rock formations (also top photo).

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Crete, part 7: Back to the Sea — 4 Comments

  1. Feeling the flow of time at that spot was a special moment me. It also made me see how the gift of knowledge is a two-edged sword; I can see the past but I can also see my future.

    • Yes, we talked about how awareness of the past — how we are part of that flow — may be some compensation for the “curse” of awareness of our personal human mortality. Can’t go back to “the Garden” at any rate….