Kayaking to Kekova

Trip Start Sep 21, 2010
Trip End Oct 07, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Antalya Province,
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Our trip had been pretty lazy up until this point, athletically speaking, so everyone welcomed the physical challenge of kayaking.  We had signed up the day before at our hotel, and headed over to a small fishing village called Kekova.  Hasan, our guide, piled us into a pretty sweet 1992 Land Rover and we made the trip in 45 minutes to Kekova.  We had all kayaked before, but did need a quick lesson on how to use the rudder that is attached to pedals at our feet.  The day was beautiful and we were pumped.  

We headed across the bay and after about 30 minutes reached a small inlet on an island called Dolchiste.  This is where an ancient shipyard was located and there are several ruins that we walked around, and under the water I could see ancient broken pots and carved stones.  We then headed west towards the sucken city.  Here we had to stay in single file as there were ruins to our right and tour boats with glass bottoms headed towards us at the left.  As we looked at the ruins, the portions underwater were only barely visible, but were still pretty cool.  A moderate wind was building up as we looked on to the ancient island.  We found our waterproof camara and video very fun to use here.    

 Our guide led us back across the bay to lunch at an even smaller village that is only accessible by sea called Kalekoy (ancient Simena).  We parked our kayaks and walked through the water, past ruins, stairs and a solitary sarcophagus sticking straight out of the water.  Stairs led us straight to the restaurant were we had shepherd salad, fries (with mayo and ketsup of course!) and chicken kabobs.  Afterwards our group split up with some deciding to nap, and others to head up to the castle at top of the village.  Anne, Tanya and I headed up the hill, walking past the few homes that were around photographing chickens, and flowers with the beautiful water in the background along the way.  It was 8 lira to enter the castle and we decided to turn back.  It seems you have to pay for everything in Turkey, however the cost is usually low.  

As we headed back to our sea kayaks the wind had really picked up and there were 2 foot white caps in the bay.  Anne, Chris G. Husan and I all decided to challenge the seas, while Carey, and Tanya opted to take the "rescue boat" back.  We found it challenging to keep our boats straight, as wave broke over the bow and sea spray hit our faces. Another girl in our tour's kayak flipped and Hassan and to help her back in.  Fifty minutes later we had reached the dock where we had launched that morning and where greeted shortly by the rescue boat, who, it turns out, ended up getting a line caught in their propeller that the elderly captain had to remedy.  As Hasan dropped us back off at the hotel we made plans to meet up later at the statue of Ataturk.  

After dinner, we found Hasan and another traveler that had kayaked with us, Ruta from Lithuania under the statue.  We all had Efes and discussed traveling, culture, sports and all things Turkey.  Eventually, everyone had gone to bed but Hasan, Chris G. and me.   Chris and I thought it was hilarious that there was a street vendor for baked potatoes.  The corn on the cob vendors and now the baked potato vendor showed successful side items in America could easily be sold on the side of the road!  Hasan had shown us a great time all day and we went to bed happy.  Tomorrow we'd be off for Cirali in the reliable Fiat! 
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