From our tree house in Olympos, we went on a 4 day pirate adventure sailing up the coast of Turkey to the town of Fethiye. We have lots of pictures and stories, so we will break it into two blogs. We were picked up Sunday morning after breakfast at our treehouse with a busload of people, all a little unsure of what the plan was, from what we have seen of Turkey the brochure doesn't always match the outcome.
The two hour bus ride gave us time to meet the rest of the crew, plenty of Aussie's, a couple of Kiwi's, a Dutch couple and two Turkish ladies. It turned out to be a really great group of people which made all the difference for an excellent trip. Nothing happens too quickly around here, so it was mid afternoon before we were onboard, on our way and eating lunch. The sailing plan was pretty loose, apparently the captain would make the plan as he went depending on weather and the traffic of the other boats. Each day he found us great snorkelling spots, natural and historic hiking spots and a few little towns to explore. The first night it didn't take long for everyone to get comfortable as we emptied the beer cooler and managed to fashion some sangria out of whatever we could find in the galley. As the rest of the boats in the anchorage started turning out their lights, we turned up the music...I'm sure we didn't have too many fans.
Day 2 we ended up in a little town called Kas which kind of resembled St.Barth's with it's little shops and cobblestone streets and not too many people. Some of the guests ended up parasailing off the nearby cliffs, we ended up getting railroaded into a carpet shop by our new friend who wanted to show us the photos of the last Canadians he sold a carpet to, 20 years ago. His back patio overlooked the bay and the entire town, so when he brought out the wine and the appetizers, we were happy to look at photos and listen to stories about the town. He gave us some great tips for other things we needed to see. The most entertaining part was his ability to say "yes", even when the answer was clearly "no", for example, when Natalie asked if he had rose wine his answer was "yes...red or white". Clearly quite the salesman, but we managed to escape without any carpets.
Back on board, we were off again to the next anchorage for some snorkelling and a quite spot to spend the night. The boat we are on is about 75' long and 20' wide, with 8 good sized cabins for guests and some crawl spaces for the crew. It has 2 short masts, but has a huge engine, so I am guessing they have never really been designed to sail very fast which was good, because the only time it was windy was the middle of the night. The days are very calm so the passages are very comfortable and snorkelling was usually very clear. The second night included a bottle of tequila and plenty of captain and crew participation...very funny stuff, not sure if we can fit all the pictures here...