This is my second Monday hike with some of the women from IWA. The hike went up Vodno, along the crest toward Matka, and looped back down through Gorno Nerezi Village to return to the trailhead. At the crest, the light on the mountains was lovely. I wish I had more than my little pocket camera on me to capture the view.
We began this hike at the Pantelejmon Monastery located about 8 kilometers southwest of Skopje part way up Mount Vodno.
The church of St. Pantelejmon is now a museum, but it is closed on Mondays.
It was a beautiful morning for a hike. The air was crisp and while we began our hike in the sun, when we entered the forested portion, the ground and vegetation were covered with a dusting of snow and puddles of water were frozen.
By the end of our 3-hour hike we had all our clothing layers on and were wearing gloves.
There is an atmospheric Macedonian restaurant (Klet) located within the monastery complex. I look forward to returning on a weekend day to visit the museum, have lunch, and walk the 5 kilometers to middle Vodno and home with Dan.
Dan will return from DC tomorrow morning. Kali and I can't wait to have him back.