A tough hike through marble mountain

Trip Start Jun 24, 2005
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Trip End Mar 24, 2008


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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Sometime ago in Turkey, a violent earthquake split a mountain in half and formed the Sakilent Gorge. The gorge is 18 Km deep and gets narrower and narrower the deeper you go. It consists mostly of marble and many deep pools of water that went chest deep. The slippery marble made it very difficult to hike through. Andrew, the guide on our Fez bus saw that I had my hiking boots on and wisely advised me to change into my slippers because I was sure to get wet. I don't know how deep into the gorge I hiked but I had to turn back after about an hour because I could not get past a big marble boulder, it was too high and too slippery. I got very wet during the hike, slipping and sliding in and out of the pools of stagnant water. Fortunately, my MEC bag kept my camera and IPOD dry. The water was often muddy and had swarms of mosquitos hovering over it. Strategically waiting for the next tasty tourist.

There is a spot where water is rapidly flowing downstream. Many lose their shoes or slippers when trying to cross. Outside the gorge, wily Turkish merchants await with shoes and slippers for sale. (See pictures)

After the hike, we headed to Fethiye to spend the night. Fethiye is a beautiful port city in the South of Turkey. The biggest city we have seen since leaving Istanbul. Along the water docked hundreds of yachts. In Fethiye, I finally had my first authentic Pide and Adana Kebab. Pide is often called Turkish pizza. It is a long flat bread shaped like a boat with cheese and meat on top. Adana Kebab is a form of Kebab that originated from the city of Adana in the Southeast of Turkey. It is in a thin roll with special spicy seasoning. It was recommended to me by a Turkish friend I met in Prague. It was fantastic, a little taste of heaven.
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