…And The Journey Starts!
Finally, the day had arrived! We had planned to leave Fethiye at nine o’clock, but that night was a stormy one… Mum and Geoff had been running around the boat and pontoon, because of the strong winds and waves re-tieing boats and battening down the hatches! So, in usual Geoff fashion, we left Fethiye at quarter past one ( not even at the crack of midday!) after having lunch at the marina cafe.
It was an interesting drive out of Fethiye and past the snowy mountains, dirty shacks, and forested areas. The town was busy at work, with corn sellers, towel sellers, and kebab stalls, all at the side of the road. Soon, Fethiye was behind us, and we were now driving through small and unpopulated villages, which seemed almost dead, apart from the few people collecting wood for their fires.
This road lead to the coast road, which passes the towns of Kalkan, Kas, Demre, and Finike. All these places make up the ancient Roman province of Lycia. The area is in both the Mugla and Antalya provinces, and both areas have interesting historical towns dating back to the Romans, Greeks and Ottomans. Some of the towns that are most popular include Tlos, Patara, Phesalis, and the place were we were going, Olympus.
The first time we went to Olympus, it was hot, and it was very, VERY crowded! The ancient ruined city was fantastic, and paths trail off in all directions, leading to many different ruins, and there is a small fresh water lake, with all different species of animals like Frogs, Newts, Ducks, Dragon flies and Kingfishers!
During our first visit to Olympus, we also visited the Chimera, and we went to the top of Mount Olympus.
The previous time was the summer, a few years ago, but this time, it was the winter. Definitely the winter!!!!!
When we reached Cirali-(Olympus and Cirali are joined by a beach)-, there were no tourists or visitors at all, and the beach was very quiet. However, we wouldn’t be visiting Olympus today, because it was too late, we had to set up camp and it was going to rain!
That night, a storm hit throughout the area, ( again) and the rain hammered against our tents. Next morning, we surveyed the evidence of that night, obviously the tents were soaking and our fire had gone out but we were dry and surprisingly not flooded out! Asena ended up inside our sleeping bags with us because she’s scared of thunder! Stupid dog!!!
Mum made us scrambled egg and unfortunately no coffee ( why was that Geoff??) and donning our wet weather gear and wooly hats we set out for Olympus.
The dogs came with us as we walked along the beach to the ancient city. Running along the SANDY beach-(a novelty in Turkey)-we were all very tired from the drive the previous day, and since Geoff hadn’t packed any coffee or tea, we stopped for a drink on the seafront.
The owners were very friendly, and loved stroking Asena and Vodka. After out tea break, we continued walking to the historical site, and looked at the fascinating pieces of old temples, church’s, baths and theaters.
After exploring the city, we had lunch in a restaurant, before collecting wood from the beach for the fire. Also on the way back, we managed to get three stray dogs who followed us back to the campsite, and sat with us around the fire. I don’t think it has helped that mum fed a whole tin of dog food to the particularly skinny Kangol. He doesn’t want to leave now, so we’ve named him Rupert!
Aaahhaaa, yes…. The dog food! So when we did the Roadtrip between Tenerife and Turkey Geoff made sure he had plenty of tins of dog food… You may recall that I mentioned it in a blog post back then. Mother re packed the whole truck in order to accommodate the masses of tins that Geoff thought we might need. Well I’m not calling it an obsession but for this five week journey ( with our dogs eating an average of four tins between them a week ) Geoff has stashed ( i.e.; hidden in the truck so mother wouldn’t find them ) 63 tins of dog food.
Mum says she has every right to feed whatever skinny stray dogs we might find, we are on a dog food diminishing exercise!
We are hiking up the chimera tonight, we leave at sunset, it’s best to climb in the dark to get the full effect of the Flames escaping the ground rock! I hope they’re burning after all that rain!
I will tell you more tomorrow.