Cotton castles and another lake

Trip Start Jul 01, 1997
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Trip End Oct 29, 1997


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yesilova

Flag of Turkey  , Burdur Province,
Monday, July 14, 1997

This morning we drove back to the main road along the country roads we came down yesterday. The air temperature was perfect with a gentle breeze. Many people were working in the fields or on the way to work in them. I saw a man and woman dressed in peasant costume on the back of a horse and a group of people making hay bales by filling a box with hay and compressing it with their feet. Again it was amazing how fertile andwet places were. There were great irrigation systems in the fields and in the towns they were watering grass and plants on traffic islands from tankers. Groups of men were already esconced in the cafes at 8.30.

Saw another of the blue birds and birds which I think were shrikes and wheatears. I also saw a stork flying which looked rather odd.

Headed towards the town of Denizli. On the way I spotted a dead horse by the side of the road. It was just lying there with four stiff legs in the air. Most unpleasant. In Denizli we stopped for shopping. It was a lovely little town with mountains behind. I bought a couple of tapes
(The Prodigy and Daft Punk).

From a distance Pamukkale just looked like a white blob on the hillside. The name means cotton castle in Turkish and on a previous visit to Turkey it had been a highlight so I was a bit disappointed with what I found this time. I remember paddling through puddles in bright white terraces which seemed to drip down the hillside like a wedding cake. You can no longer wander through the terraces. This is a good thing, although less fun, as they had become grubby, no doubt from many tourist feet. Shame though. When we arrived a group a men were working on the top terraces digging dirty stuff out. Hopefully they clean it up so it becomes an impressive sight again.

There seemed to be a lot more hotels and shops there than Iremember. As on my previous trip, we went swimming at the thermal pool with the ancient columns and rocks submerged in it. This was as awesome as before. As long as you keep an eye out for the rocks it's fantastic.

Hit the road toward Fethiye in the afternoon and the landscape changed considerably into plains with larger mountains in the distance. No more fruit growing, just large fields. Passed a yellow field with low-lying purple bushes growing in it. With the horses grazing in it and the mountains in the background it was quite beautiful. Drove through the town on Guney where every roof had solar panels.

Eventually we arrived here, a picturesque lake near Yesilova. The shoreline is made up of trees, then rocks, then a substance we can't quite identify. It's a white and grey/white crust over mud. Near the lake it's really boggy. This is the best rough camp so far. Such a great spot. Once again, Euan had just looked at the map, seen a lake and headed for it not knowing what we would find. It's so great to be able to do that and discover places like this.

Common sound on the truck - velcro ripping - sandals, watches, awnings etc.
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