Saturday Nov.11 - Lois writing - a hiking day in a Nature Reserve that was the first of its kind in Italy. We traversed a trail that always was in view of the seashore, and although the forecast was not promising, it was sunny all day. It was really great to be able to do a point-to-point six mile hike, since the bus had to drive 40 kilometers between our trailheads. The scenery was fabulous, and Eduardo stopped often to tell us about a wide variety of plants and animals, plus some historical notes. For example, the Grotta del'Uzzo served as a dwelling place since Paleolithic times. We also visited a small museum that told about the production of manna, a syrupy sweetener made from ash trees that grow in the area; apparently it is a reasonable product for diabetics.
We hiked from Scopello on the south end to the northernmost trailhead, near the town of San Vito Lo Capo. Along the way, we stopped for a lunch break on a pebble beach. By this point, it was pretty hot, so it was nice to find a spot in the shade to eat my sack lunch, and even get in a little nap. There were a couple of families out enjoying the day too; it's not that far from the northern trailhead. Afterwards we stopped in town to walk around a bit and make sure the gelateria had plenty of business!