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Friday, April 3

Sites Visited: Ayios Nikolaos Museum, Lato (Classical Cretan city), Siteia Museum, Petsophas (Minoan peak sanctuary)

Where did we stay tonight?: Palaikastro

Leaders:  Kait Barber and Joe Indvik

A Day Poem by Kait and Joe

Our morning was full of museums and sites, after a delayed start from the hotel:

Oh Museum

So small and near

We picked some pots

That we hold dear

Each group would chose

A different bowl

Or rhyton or tool

Or skull with gold

A long necked woman

Holding a pot

Was one rhyton

We liked a lot

The Minoans used

Pithoi and larnakes

To bury the dead

PCC says

We then packed up

And Lato we seak

To see the temple

And two peaks

With vultures flying

In the sky

We ate our lunch

And climbed up high

Cisterns dug

Into the ground

Held water tight

Safe and sound

Symposium rooms

And shrines explored

Back to the bus

To study more

Another museum

What a shock

We gathered round

To have a look

Palaikastro kouros

Ivory made

Stands unique

With gold inlaid

His arms are up

Like Minoans do

Sandy thinks

He’s Orion too

With the morning done

We will not stop

Until will come

To the mountain top


We then travelled to yet another peak sanctuary at Petsofas. We have composed a small poem to reflect the challenges of the climb and the resulting disposition of the group:

Oh Petsofas,

Your rocky peak,

Is like nails of granite,

In our feet.

Your prickly growths,

And daunting slopes,

Dash soothing water,

On our fiery hopes.

The path is hidden,

The winds blow strong,

And yet we climb,

In trailblazing song.

‘Twas to your peak,

Minoans came,

In search of something,

Much the same.

In Proto-Palatial,

And Neo too,

Ancestors struggled,

To surmount you.

They placed an altar,

Upon your summit,

What were they thinking,

Goshdarnit?

Now we struggle,

Like those before us,

To find your secrets,

Before night encroaches.

The trail is nothing,

But crag and bush,

You make no sense,

Like the other Bush.

Upwards we push!

Prof. C. leads the way,

No doubt disillusioned,

By the groans of dismay.

But what is this,

That transects our hajj?

This road, this passage,

Is it a mirage?

A path emerges!

It was there all along?

It calls to us now,

Like a podiatrist’s song.

Rest, weary feet,

Your travails are near done,

We’re really quite sorry,

That blisters have come.

Up, up we move,

The end is in sight,

We shall make it at last,

Though our hamstrings are tight.

We come to your peak!

The winds here are fierce,

The view is fantastic.

(We need some beers.)

We talk for a while,

Take a picture or two,

Then it’s back down the trail,

Seeking adventures, new.

Pestofas, at last,

We have beaten you back!

Your traps we have conquered,

*yawn*…Let’s hit the sack.


Intro video:

Scaling the Lato acropolis:

A quiet day at Lato:

Conclusion to day 13:


Photo Gallery:

Alex and Dallis love pots

Alex and Dallis love pots

Alex and Kait present on a Minoan artifact

Alex and Kait present on a Minoan artifact

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

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Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Springtime Flowers

Taking notes at Lato

Taking notes at Lato

The group explores the small temple at Lato.

The group explores the small temple at Lato.

Kait frolicks amongst the daisies.

Kait frolicks amongst the daisies.

The guys atop an acropolis at Lato

The guys atop an acropolis at Lato

The ladies make time for lunch at Lato.

The ladies make time for lunch at Lato.

Ally Takes a Break at Lato

Ally Takes a Break at Lato

Mountain goats/FSPers ascend the North acropolis at Lato.

Mountain goats/FSPers ascend the North acropolis at Lato.

One of the most important things about Lato is the well-preserved civic architecture, as we explored on our visit.  Visible here is the prytaneion and a collective cistern.

One of the most important things about Lato is the well-preserved civic architecture, as we explored on our visit. Visible here is the prytaneion and a collective cistern.

Dallis, Alex M., KT, and Kait express their enthusiasm for Lato in alphabetical form.

Dallis, Alex M., KT, and Kait express their enthusiasm for Lato in alphabetical form.

Ally is pleased to see some archaeozoological specimens (hippopotamus) in the Siteia museum.

Ally is pleased to see some archaeozoological specimens (hippopotamus) in the Siteia museum.

Ben gapes in wonderment at the famed ivory Palaikastro kouros

Ben gapes in wonderment at the famed ivory Palaikastro kouros

Mixed emotions and delicious cookies after an arduous climb.

Mixed emotions and delicious cookies after an arduous climb.

Descending Petsophas

Descending Petsophas

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