Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
Trip End Sep 02, 2009

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

We head towards the Open Air Museum, but know we have to go past it to find the trails to Rose Valley. We try to hitch a ride and are picked up by the 3rd car passing by. The hill past the museum is a killer of a climb, sure glad we are riding.

We arrive at the trail head and take the trail to the left, we think this is the right one. It is along the edge of the canyon and we look down into the valley. We see people down there but can't figure out how we can get down. We continue along the trail, in awhile Len says this isn't where I want to be so we go back to the beginning and take the road on the right side, find the trail head and down we go into the valley. The trail is really muddy and slippery in some spots but we successfully make it to the bottom without falls.

It is amazing every time you take a turn or come out from a tunnel there is another set of cave homes, churches, cisterns in each area. There are a lot of carved square little cupboards all over, we find out afterwards these are for pigeons. The people are/were very taken with pigeons.

Most of the areas are inaccessible to go in, for safety reasons I am sure. There are a couple of homes still occupied, like the one for the little tea house/cafe in the middle of no where.

We stopped on a grassy spot for lunch and continued up the path out of rose valley into red valley, here we begin the climb out of the valley and to the ridge top. We see a parking area and head for it, hoping to catch a ride back to Goreme.

A young Turkish couple pick us up, they are touring this area and we all get lost. Len takes out our little map and helps find out way to Goreme. Walking back, we might have made it before dark. They had wanted to go to the Open Air Museum but couldn't find it so we showed them where to go and we walked back to our hotel.

I soaked in the Jacuzzi, it was very nice for my tired legs.

We went back to the same restaurant we were at last night so I could have a clay baked dinner. They have little clay pots and put the stew like dinner in them through the narrow top. Heat the pot up and then you get to break the top off the pot to eat your dinner. Haven't quite mastered the cracking of the pot as it broke crooked. The meal was good and very hot to the end. Len had told them last night that they put the hot meat and rice on a very cold plate and they should warm the plates. Tonight his plate was warm. We moved chairs as two smokers came beside us, the guys felt so bad we had to move that they brought us some complimentary apple tea, which we had with our baklava. They sure are thoughtful and want to keep customers happy. We didn't expect any compensation for moving, it was our choice.

Back home to pick up our laundry. We will move tomorrow night to the Olympos area on the Mediterranian Sea. It should be warmer.
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