The last time I was in this region was the summer of 2011, and it was my last trip in Turkey before moving to Barcelona. I had just gotten off a Blue Cruise in Fethiye, a private yacht a group of ten friends and I rented for four days of exploring small uninhabited islands off the Mediterranean Coast. My friend, Randy, was visiting me from the U.S. and from Ovacik we began trekking the first part of the Lycean Way. The two major lessons I learned, however, is that July is way too hot to hike in that region, and that you don't need to truly backpack. There are plenty of pensions littering the small towns along the Lycean Way. So with my first holiday back in Turkey, Kurban Bayram, I influenced my new teacher friends to head back down to the Lycean Way with me. This time, in the perfect month weatherwise, and with a rental car chock full of car camping gear.
Our first stop was Lake Bafa. It is an inland lake created when silt deposited by the Buyuk Menderes river sealed off the Latmos Gulf from the sea. It's 100 square-miles of brackish water surrounded by strangely-sculpted pinnacles. We rolled in late at night, and woke up to this view:
We headed out to explore, and quickly picked up this friend. My fear of wild dogs is slowly subsiding, after my ass-bitten experience in Ankara. Thank goodness!
This is actually a rock climbing venue for climbers in Western Turkey. We saw one face was bolted for sport climbing, but most climbers visit the region to boulder. Can you spot the steps that have been carved into this boulder by the Carions?
Our next stop was Fethiye. We did a day hike on the Lycean Way from Kaya Koyu to Oludeniz and back. There's the Med!
The next day we visited Saklikent Gorge. This gorge channels all the water of Ak Mountain and fills up with with bubbling spring water. It was cold, silty, and the clay sucked your foot in on every step. The slot canyon gets narrower and narrower as you hike back. It goes for 14 km but we only hiked for an hour or so before turning back. Some of us were in barefeet and we were all cold. I haven't done anything like this in a long long time, so it was the highlight of my trip.
Here's John laying in a Lycean rock tomb:
Classic Lycean Way shot: a gorgeous sea view and the Lycean way red-n-white trail marker.