We are locked inside a vacation inside of a vacation and we don’t want to get out.
We left Izmir by bus on Saturday morning and arrived in the southwest of Turkey by the afternoon. The bus ride was one of the most relaxing moments we’ve had in awhile for some reason. It’s funny, but it really seemed like the first time we’d been on our own in Turkey in a long time. We’d forgotten the anxiety and confusion that can arise from simple things like navigating giant bus malls.
We have been lucky with weather. This far south it’s still the heart of summer and here in the Mediterranean everything looks like one of those too-pretty-to-be-real photoshopped postcards. We allowed ourselves to be scooped up at the bus station by a smooth talking hotel owner (that’s what happens when you travel without any idea of where you are going or what you will do when you get there and you step off the bus looking around like a lost tourist) and within minutes were on a mini bus to his rooftop terraced pension.
In our unplanned style we relaxed on the terrace for hours and discussed various ideas for how to spend the weekend. We considered hiking a bit as we are located at the starting point of a 300-mile trek along the Mediterranean coast named the Lycian Way. It was designed by a British hiker in 1999 and passes through many historic spots and beautiful viewpoints in the area before culminating in Antalya.
On our way to collect dinner ingredients at the local supermarket we passed the bay full of wood boats for hire and saw a little sign on one boat that read simply, “next cruise tomorrow.” In a painfully shy way we nervously approached the boat, then turned away in a fleeting moment of chickening out, then walked towards it again and uncourageously tiptoed our way up the ramp to the back of the boat and sort of shouted a very wimpy sounding “hello”.
The next morning we were motoring away on our wood boat with ten other passengers and two crew toward some islands and bays in the area. After an hour of “sailing” (the large boat, though very beautiful, was powered by motor and sadly we were not propelled by wind throughout our journey) we backed into a little bay and were examining the crystal clear turquoise and royal blue waters through our swim masks (insert mental image of photoshopped postcards here). The next three days were spent motoring around, eating delicious meals, hiking to a couple of overlooks, snorkeling and sunbathing. We shared the cruise with 4 sweet Kiwis and 6 New Yorkers who were super fun, interesting and very kind. Austin played many games of banagrams (a word game similar to Scrabble) while David relaxed, read and drank coffee.
We returned to land this morning and are now laying low near the Lycian Way trailhead. We plan (we use that term very loosely these days) to walk part of the Lycian Way tomorrow once we feel more grounded and stop swaying to imaginary waves.
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