Trip Start May 20, 2008
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Trip End Sep 15, 2008


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Ani Pension

Flag of Turkey  , Antalya,
Friday, May 30, 2008

5/29 We stopped in Kas for lunch but since we wanted to sea kayak over the Sunken City we persuaded Bridget to change our itinerary. She contacted the Fez office and they quickly found us a place to stay in Kas for the night and cancelled one of our nights in Olympos. In hindsight this was definitely a good decision on our part and it was very nice of the Fez staff to allow us to modify their itinerary.

We stayed at the nice Ani Pension which had a super rooftop deck offering views of town and the nearby mountains. After ditching bags, our group walked into town and purchased the sea kayak tour for the next day. On Fridays there is a large local market in Kas so we went to check it out. It was very much for the locals with hardly a tourist in sight. As usual there was a lot of fresh produce and knock-off clothes from Asia.

It was still early so we took a free shuttle to the best beach in the area, Buyul Cakil. The beach had large pebbles making walking tough and getting in and out of the water a comedy skit. The water was refreshing (ie. kinda cold) but there were more fish than at Caputas. We were allowed to use free beach beds so I could read while listening to the people around me speak in a multitude of languages. After the shuttle returned us to the pension we weren't even allowed to tip so we were stunned at the "freeness" of our beach trip.

5/30 The bus to the sea kayak start took about an hour through mountainous terrain which involved careful driving to avoid the wild goats and many turtles. There were two future Yale MBA's and a couple from Florida that I enjoyed talking to. At the kayak center our guide got us outfitted and briefed. The kayak had right and left pedals to control the rudder and I couldn't push the right pedal with my right foot and the small space wouldn't let me get my left foot over so I went rudderless.

My paddle had these ridges in the plastic covering so I quickly got blisters (and still have one healing 2 weeks later). Rather than the correct upright seated position I had to adopt a reclining position which made me work a little harder. My balance in the kayak was off as a result, so I often found myself starting to tip over but somehow I never took a bath (thankfully for my camera!).

Our first stop was Kekova Island where our welcoming committee consisted of several wild goats. They were quite tame and would let us pet them but they were more interested in what food we had for them (I had to apologize for being out of PowerBars!). I went for a swim in search of sea turtles. No luck with the turtles but I did see sea cucumbers for the first time. They were eel-like and somewhat creepy looking.

We were quickly back in our kayaks to see the Sunken City. It is called that because a Byzantine city fell into the sea after a series of earthquakes in the second century AD. We were able to see foundations of buildings, staircases and the residential part of the ancient town submerged under 6m of water. Law prohibits any swimming or stopping in the area so the ruins can remain undisturbed and because much remains to be excavated.

Our group kayaked back across the strait to the town of Kalekoy where we learned about the old Lycian tombs, including one now completely in the water. The weather was perfect and it felt great being out on the water so the adventure was very fun! After a short paddle back to the kayak center we had lunch before catching our own van for the drive to Olympos.
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