I'm on a boat.....

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

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Flag of Turkey  , Antalya,
Friday, October 1, 2010

Boat day started later, around 10:30 AM (this is a late start for our group, code named Super Discombobulated) and we hopped on a van for the 1 minute ride to the beach that we could have easily walked to.  Here, we were shuttled to the mother ship on small dingy from the beach by a young Turkish guy who strongly resembled a pirate (unintentionally I believe).  The boat was about 60 feet long, had two masts and again, the bow was lined with a relaxation area of cushioned lounge chairs.  The captain Jello (thats how it sounds anyway), spoke English pretty well and was a hysterical character that was constantly telling jokes.

The day consisted of motoring to a couple of different bays, or inlets that had sea turtles, beautiful blue water and great swimming conditions.  We snorkeled and took some great pics with the waterproof camera of just jumping off the boat (this is a tradition that extends from Thailand).  After several hours of fun we stopped for lunch.  We had whole fish, head and all, that was really fantastic.  It was served on a bed of spaghetti that consisted of spaghetti noodles, ketchup and mayonnaise.  Sounds gross, and maybe we were really hungry, but it was perfect.  The last stop was at three or more small caves on the shady side of a mountain.  We were all warm and reluctant to get back into the water, but Chris G. and I ventured in for a look.  Despite the shade the water was quite warm and the caves were worth the look.  We swam back to the boat and actually sailed the rest of the way home under jib.  

After dinner at Hotel Canada, we ventured on to one of the most memorable portions of our Turkish Trip, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Chimaera" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Chimera</a>.  These are called the "eternal flames".  This caused for much singing of the bangles hit song "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Flame_(song)" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Eternal Flame</a>" which sadly, most of our group new the words to and sang constantly.  Anyway, this is an area on Mount Olympos where fire shoots out of the earth much like a campfire that never goes out.  I kid you not!  Supposedly, the flames are produced spontaneously, but I have my doubts.  Either way, we couldn't believe it.  There is about a kilometer and a half walk up a fairly steep hill in the dark (the guidebooks are right when they say bring a flashlight, or rent one at the base) to get there and there was also a charge of around 3 lira to get in (who you have to pay to a large man at a card table that records his earnings into a Hannah Montana notebook, seriously).  I digress... This was an amazing place to go and I highly recommend it!

Off to bed, tomorrow we have a beach day and take the overnight bus from Antalya to Goreme, Cappadocia.  
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