14 June, 2014

Day 16

We ate a hearty breakfast in our little shepherd huts, then set off on an hour drive through hillsides, mountains, and valleys, past waterfalls, cliffs, and grazing sheep to the trailhead for the fairy pools. We met a nice gentleman in the parking lot who let us use some of his midge repellant. Everyone we talked to was really concerned about the midges, tiny flying bugs that swarm and bite. However, I only got one bite the entire time and it barely hurt. It was much less painful than a mosquito bite, so I'm not too sure what the big deal is. Nevertheless, we all put on some repellant and were ready to hit the trail. We hiked up a valley alongside a rocky riverbed filled with a crystal-clear river. Along the way are tons of waterfalls and several beautiful clear blue pools, one with an underwater archway. The entire hike was stunning. Unfortunately, I was starting to come down with a bad cold so, after about two hours of hiking, Dad and I headed back to the car while Mom and Kevin continued on.

After hiking, we drove back to the shepherd huts to take a nap before dinner. When we got out of the car, Kevin noticed a hissing noise: a hole in one of the tires. Luckily, he was able to get it plugged and we didn't have any more problems with it.

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