Hiking in what type of weather conditions?
Trip Start Feb 17, 2012
9Trip End Feb 26, 2012
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I woke up super early for a 6:30AM hot air balloon tour. It was so hard for me to get out of bed. Even though theres heat in my cave room, it still gets chilly at night and in the morning. Well, I looked at my phone and it said the current temperature was 2 degrees fahrenheit, holy cow was it cold. Even though it was winter there were still 30 people in my hot air balloon basket and about 20 other balloons that went up at the same time. The basket was diving into 5 areas. 4 longer areas for people to stand and one narrower area for the pilot and pilot in training. This is the slow season.
From their I went back to my hotel for my breakfast and to warm up with some nice hot tea. Even at 9am when I arrived at my hotel it was still 5 degrees outside. It was freezing. Once i warmed up, I had my thermals on and I was ready for round two.
I walked a little over 1K to the open air museum stopping along the way at two random churches, El Nazar Church and Sakhli Church.
After the museum my new Canadian friends and I decided to go for a trek through Rose Valley. Their hotel said it should be around 3K. It wasn't that bad, however the entrance to the park was COVERED in snow.
Once we arrived at the end of the trek the directions said not to head back to Goreme but to follow signs to Cavusin. As we walked Into town, it was desolate. Not a single local could be found. As we walked further into town we noticed this huge ruins site built into the side of the mountain. I mean this thing had to be at least 8 stories high. There were no guards or signs of us having to pay to enter it so we just started to climb it. As we start to enter this site someone screams out to us that it's called the Church of John the Baptist. After doing some research i found that the church was built in the 5th century and it is the biggest cave church of Cappadocia even though it was divided into three rooms in 10th century against danger of collapsing. Most of the frescoes of St. John the Baptist church are faded by smoke but there are still some visible ones. Its cathedral-like proportions are also astounding. This place is astonishing. It was huge. If it wasn't already getting dark we probably would have stayed their longer. We walked back to Goreme which was another 3k back. All in all I think we walked around 8-10K around 5-6 miles. As we were walking the sun set and it was getting chilly outside.
We made our way back into Goreme. They had mentioned to me that a specialty food that is served in this area are food cooked in clay pots. It reminded me of the clay pot rice I had in Vietnam but they cooked a whole meal in it. It was really good.
After dinner I went back to my hotel, took a 30 minute shower (literally) and put on my night clothes and my comfy socks... Sooo comfortable. I checked the temperature not to long ago. It was 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
I am so exhausted after the hiking in the snow. I have some really awesome photos and cannot wait to show them to everyone. My camera is freezing and it stops working when it's this cold :(. The moment I put my camera on the heater it starts to work again. My laptop won't connect to wifi, my camera stops working, I am a mess. However, Im a mess in a beautiful country.
Even though it's freezing cold here in this freak of nature winter (it hasn't snowed this much in Goreme in 10 years) it is beautiful. The summer time would be nice to see this but from what I gather hotels sell out, streets are packed with tourists, and prices sky rocket. I hiked a cave today for over 2 hours and saw no one. I was able to take photos from a scenic view and there was no line waiting to take a shot. I love it. Plus the snow adds some beauty to it.
I'm off to the western coast tomorrow to a toe called Selcuk which is the biblical town next Ephesus. I hope everyone is enjoying their week.