It was a crystal-clear morning, with the sea bright blue in the sunshine. But there was a cool breeze that made it slightly uncomfortable in the shade.
We drove up beyond Aradena and took the lower dirt road towards Selouda. The two old churches at Agios Ioannis were just visible from the footpath where we left the car, with Zaranokefala towering overhead. There were few flowers out except for dragon arums, and some interesting seed pods.
When we reached Selouda, we had it all to ourselves and enjoyed the silence and scenery. The greenhouses near Paleohora were a faint white smudge far down the coast, but Volakias, high above Agia Roumeli, was clear against the cloudless sky.
A lone back-packer made his way up the kaldirimi as we sat admiring the view, and after we left, three more hikers passed us heading for Roumeli.
On the way back, we stopped in Aradena to see if the delphiniums were blooming, but the most advanced plants probably still need a week before coming into flower. We walked around the ruins, and stopped to look at the ancient kaldirimi leading down and up the gorge.
Back in Sfakia, the wind had quietened down, and it was a lovely, soft evening.