Getting Down and Dirty

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Having seen some awesome photos of our friend's, Amanda and Terry, trip they had taken through Turkey (among other some other great places) we decided we had to head for the mud baths on Turkey's west coast. The easiest way to get out there was on an organised a tour from Marmaris to Iztuzu Beach, also known as Turtle Beach as during summer turtles lay their eggs in the hot sand there. Close by is the Sultaniye Hot Springs and Mud Baths. The ferry ride was absolutely packed with day trippers, us included. At one stage there was a little bit of drama as we were boarded by the Coast Guard. It looked like the captain of our boat did some fast talking and they left us alone. Arriving at Turtle Beach we swapped into smaller boats and headed ashore. Turtle Beach is actually a long strip of sand with the Angean Sea on one side and fresh water on the other, connecting to a river inlet. After swimming in both sides, and almost sustaining third degree burns on the soles of our feet by walking from one beach to the other, we headed up the river to the mud baths. Along the way we had great views of the Kaunos Tombs which were carved into the rock face in the 9th century BC. The tombs used to contain the remains of a previous king and his family.

The baths were great fun with both of us coating our bodies in the thick stinking mud. After covering from head to toe (Megan even tried to accidentally taste some of it - yuk!) in the lovely stuff we jumped out, letting it dry so that it could work it's apparent magic. Ten minutes later it was dry and time to queue up at the massive communal shower block to scrub it all off. It's amazing the places mud gets when you've been soaking in it! Afterwards we managed to fight the crowds and take a quick dip in the thermal pool before heading back to the boat.

On the boat back we had a bit of a laugh at all the sunburnt tourists. Some people need to realise that just because you are tanned it doesn't make you appear skinny. Put your clothes back on people!

Status of Rick's hair: Non existent
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