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Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Thursday, July 31, 2008

31/7-4/8

We headed from Kas towards Fethiye, a harbor town. On the way we stopped at Letoon, for a look at some ruins and then Saklikent Gorge. Letoon was rather small so it didn't take us long to look around. There was a very cool theater where you had to walk through the old entrance under the seats to get in, and some ruins of temples.

The drive to Saklikent gorge was long and winding, and when we finally arrived and saw all the water around us we were glad. Lining up to get into the gorge felt like we were standing in line at a water park, it was rather amusing. The gorge itself is huge, I think it runs inland for about 18 km's, although we could only walk about 3km's of it. The walls are so steep and high, that the sun doesn't penetrate much of it, making it nice and cool down on the bottom. The bottom of the gorge is covered in water, but in the summer it mainly dries up and makes it easy to walk.

Before you can get into the main part of the gorge you have to cross a very fast flowing river, which is made from the coldest water I have ever felt! It was freezing, and even walking in it for what must have been 30 seconds, made my feet and legs sting. Once through the river the water that was left in the gorge was much slower and warmer. It was a nice walk and very easy until we reached about mid way where there was a back log of people waiting to get past a point that seemed tricky. Since it has water running through it for most of the year the rocks are very smooth and slippery, so when a big rock is sitting in the middle of the path and the only way is over it can cause problems.

A coupe of men were helping people and showing them were to put there feet and pulling them up. They helped us up and we thought it was very kind of them. A similar thing happened a few more times and we began to realize that they were guides and we had tagged onto the back of a tour group! We got to one point and were going to turn back when one of the guides said there was a waterfall only 200 more meters. So we though well why not, and continued on. When we finally got there (more then 200 meters) the water fall was pitiful! It was so small, that it was amusing, the people we had tagged on with were more then annoyed (must have been built up), but we just laughed. We had a go at standing under it and getting nice and wet, and then we left before the guides could ask us for a tip!

We arrived in Fethiye and armed ourselves with the task of finding a Gulet (traditional Turkish boat) cruise for the next few days. We had been trying to contact an agency for a while but contact had seemed to drop out so we found an agency and went through them. It turns out we ended up being with the company we were first attempting to be with. We parked Clive in the suburbs and the next morning we headed to the marina for some serious relaxing. The company beforelunch was run by an Australian Turkish partnership, and the captain Ahmet was what he described to us one afternoon (while drinking tea and beer at the same time) a bit of both!

We got taken around to different parts of the 12 island bay and did nothing more then swim, read, fish and eat lots of good food. It was a great 3 days and we didn't want to leave. I even caught 4 fish! Mind you they were too small to eat, but it was fun trying. They weren't doing their usual trip which was a shame so we spent the last night in Fethiye harbor so no last minute swim in the morning. I think this was a definite high light of our trip so far, and a must if you come to turkey.

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