This was the first walk this year arranged by Zirve Dağcılık ve Doğa Sporları Kulübü Selçuk Şubesi. Route said to be 15 Km, time allowed 5 hours. We thought it was going to be easy. We were wrong. There were long stretches on unstable rocks, there was one quite difficult scramble (Hilary more or less had to be lifted up this bit as she is useless at climbing) often we were hacking our way through quite dense undergrowth. At times the path became impassable (either due to density of undergrowth or sheer cliffs) and we had to backtrack. Much use was made of walkie talkies and GPS, and eventually an alternative and easier to reach destination was decided upon There was considerable consternation as no suitable place was found to light a fire (the forest was very dry) so we could not cook our sucuk! This was rectified by lighting a fire to barbeque sucuk and chicken in the village at the end of the improvised route where the coach picked us up.
It was wonderful to walk through such beautiful and wild scenery within about half an hour’s drive from where we live. Yes, it was hard going (we have the scratches to prove it) but worth it for the views. Also the wild flowers are starting again (though we’ve not really had much rain). If you think of an English or Scottish bluebell wood in spring – well, we saw the same sort of effect, woods pink with cyclamen. We got a very good view of some sort of falcon and the blackbirds and smaller thrushes were singing merrily most of the way.
The weather was perfect, bright and sunny. It got up to 27 degrees on our back porch whilst we were out, but was probably a bit cooler than that up in the hills.
And, next morning, on our Facebook pages, not only pictures of the walk, but congratulations from our başkan on having successfully completed a very tough hike!