The hills are afire

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


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Flag of Turkey  , Antalya Province,
Friday, July 18, 1997

Left Oludeniz with everyone a bit out of sorts. When we got on the truck this morning to leave there were dirty footprints all over our lockers and seats. This was because of the one person who insists on sleeping on the truck every night and is the last to get up. When we get on in the morning to put our stuff away she is still lying there blocking access to our lockers so we have to clamber over the seats. Stopped briefly in Fethiye for food shopping. I stayed on the truck with Lisa and Ashley for a while and we started discussing how we felt we'd lost a bit of the trip vibe in the stay at Oludeniz.

The trip got back on track for me as the countryside unfolded, pine forests and interesting coastlines. Many trees had weaver bird nests hanging down in them. Stopped for lunch in Kas and then followed a tortuous coastal road which was quite hairy as I was on the sea side of the truck. There were numerous little coves with people swimming in them. They must've walked down some steep slopes to get there as I never spotted any boats. From the top of a hill we were suddenly looking down on a vast alluvial plain. A good proportion of this was covered in large greenhouses. The road wound down the hill by the side of a pretty river. The town at the bottom was called Demre. After that it became quite windy in the back of the truck.

Eventually we arrived here, Olimpos, after many windy pine-clad mountain roads. There are lots of campsites around here with sleeping platforms, but unfortunately we've been allocated a piece of land which has been ploughed up and now has deep baked furrows running through it. It's impossible to pitch a tent here. I think you'd roll into a hole in the night. We might all be fighting to sleep on the truck tonight. We've just returned from a swim at the nearby beach which was wonderful. The water was clear and calm and there was a fantastic view of a mountain as we looked back to the beach.

Later:

After dinner we took a trip to see the chimera. There is an area on the mountain where fires appear out of cracks in the rocks when the subterranean gases meet the air. A tractor arrived pulling a trailer. This had already visited several other campsites and so the trailer was full. However we all managed to squash on somehow and moved on to the next campsite where even more people got on. The journey was extremely uncomfortable due to the amount of people and the bumpiness of the track. Once there, we had a 25 minute climb up the hill. Crowds of people up there. Very strange to see fire coming out of the rocks like that. While taking a picture my camera jammed with the lens out. I was very worried something would happen to it while i carried it open on the bumpy ride back. Luckily one of the others suggested it was the battery and when I replaced it the lens retracted.
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