With a few days to spare before the departure of our first trek I’ve been helpings Inna’s father move his honey bees from the pastures to the mountains. After packing and loading the bee’s onto the roof of his UAZ jeep we faced a grueling 15hr overnight journey to mountains on the Black Sea coast. The usual minor break down was easily repaired but our journey was almost thwarted in the last 500m when the height of the river proved to much for the UAZ which came to a halt in the middle of the river and it was left to a friendly local to pull us across.
Once the river drama was over it was back to work unpacking the bees and transferring them to the hives which were already set up. Monday was left to bees to do the work, which gave us a day off to hike up the mountains through the woods to visit the ancient Stone structures called Dolmens that are prevalent around the Black sea-coast. These Structures are constructed with 5 huge stone slabs and sealed excepted for a perfect circular hole cut into the front stone which faces due South. Legend has it that the Clans entombed the wisest amongst them into the structure during the end of his days so their energy would pass into the stone for future generations to consult, the whole place is reminiscent of Stone Henge in England and other similar places.
After a quick lunch we got a lift down the seaside town of Lazerevskoe and spent a pleasant hour swimming in the Black sea and taking in the sights, as well as buying parts for the water soaked jeep.
Tuesday it was back to work with the bees and repairing the UAZ jeep. The bees had dome the work turn the pollen of the Kashtan tree (Sweet Chestnut) into honey and although it had only been a day and a half we managed to get around 17l. Vehicle repaired and honey collected it was time to repeat the overnight drive back to Stavropol and leave the bees to do their work, while we are away preparing for our trek departure on the 8th of July.