4th May 2017
It was totally cool sitting around our controlled campfire, chewing the cud and righting all the wrongs in the world between us, all that was missing was marshmallows and Summer, my sister, who is the queen of beach bonfires! We made sure it was properly extinguished with a bucket or two of sea water and rowed back across to Steady On Jean, dripping phosphorescence off the oars, to turn in for the night.
In the morning we motored across the emerald water of Gocek bay to a bay we had never been to before. The bay was called Innice Iskelesi, and it was supposed to be a wonderful bay with steep cliffs. However, upon arriving we came into an open and swelly bay, it reminded us of “Rock and Roll” bay in Greece and it didn’t take us long to make the decision that we didn’t want to stay here overnight, rolling about in our berths, so we went across to one of our favorites, the nearby Yassica Adasi.
Paddle boarding, fishing and swimming for the afternoon, and early the next morning too. Mum managed to dislocate her thumb literally pushing herself up to standing on the paddle board! Luckily it went back in virtually immediately, so now it’s just bruised and swollen. Clearly she needs to do more yoga and working out if her hands can’t support her own weight!!( ! )
The plan was , the following day, to head over to Gocek. We needed to collect groceries and if we berthed in one of the five marinas in Gocek, we could top up the water tanks too. We chose to stay in the municipal marina and were guided into a berth right against the harbour wall… I think we are going to stay here a couple of nights, there are one or two bits we need from town and mum loves the boutiques here!
When cruising and bay hopping like this, without any really long trips, there is always time to kick back and relax, so far this trip I’ve managed to consume almost half of my reading list already which consists at the moment of;
A Foolish Voyage
An Idiot Aboard
Three Years At Sea
Chris Thrall wrote the first two books in the above list and so far my particular favorite Novel has been the first one of the Hans Larrson series, called “The Drift”
Hans Larsson is a likable protagonist who has a gripping and interesting life story. Reading it from the start, you can easily identify that a lot of work has been put into the book, especially since main attractions ( which I found particularly interesting as they are familiar to me, personally ) and pieces of correct history have been put in, which again appeals to me as it’s almost like something I would write myself!
This knowledge and attention to detail is evident throughout the story and is especially relevant as you begin to learn about his understanding and execution of survival skills, it becomes clear that the character is created by someone with a survival/military past.
The author cleverly weaves the story’s of numerous characters together, in ways which are most unexpected and loads twists and turns into every chapter.
Like the second book in the series, ” The Trade ” the story in ” The Drift” is quite slow at the beginning as Chris Thrall sets the scene and explains relevant backgrounds, however, a quarter of the way through the book it suddenly starts to become very fast paced, and equally gripping. To summarize, “The Drift” is a brilliant book, gripping, interesting and overall a brilliant page turner. I’d highly recommend it.
As you can see the reading list predominantly consists of either real life dramas at sea or exciting sea survival/ mystery stories. Adventure at sea seems to rule my life!
So, two nights in the beautiful town of Gocek and a quick trip over to tomb bay on the way back to Fethiye. It wasn’t in the initial plan, but we have tripped back into our marina for a couple of nights visit here. The direction we were planning to head in is threatening high winds on Tuesday and as we will be skipping through bays across the RHODES Channel we decided that the shelter there won’t be great…. spending a couple of nights back in Ece means we can wait out the approaching bad weather, plus Skipper can carry out some unexpected maintenance required too then head off again Wednesday.