Tuesday, September 25, 2012

While we were enjoying our Turkish village life near Bademli Köyü last month, I noticed a small peninsula jutting out into the Aegean Sea.

The peninsula was located past the local beach and appeared quite high. Surely, there's a good view out there, I thought.

"Hey Murat, what's out there?" I asked our Turkish friend.

"You know, I've never been out there," said Murat, who's family has owned a summer home here for 10 years.

I was flabbergasted! My friend's response was an immediate invitation for me to explore what was out on that peninsula.

I can't help it. I've always been curious as well as one of those kind of people that if you tell me no, I'll do just the opposite. My mom learned her lesson long ago when she placed Halloween candy high on top of a glass buffet cupboard.

I was 8-year-olds, and I wanted the candy. So I climbed on top of the cupboard and the one nearby, proceeded to put my right hand through the glass, which resulted in an emergency trip to the hospital and 30 stitches. Lesson learned.

So the following day, my husband and I awoke early and headed to the local beach, about a 5-minute walk. The beach looked nice, but a ton of seaweed had washed up on the shore.
 A nicer section of the local beach near Bademli Köyü, Turkey.
We followed the shore line past two small cafes and a "holiday village" motel. Beyond this was new territory for us.

The path ended and a massive field of Turkish olive trees lay before us. The olive trees were growing in unbelievably dry, rocky soil and right along the edge a sheer cliff along the peninsula.
Large Turkish olive trees growing along the Aegean Sea.
Below the cliff, I could see the clear, turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. The view was gorgeous and we weren't even to the top yet.
We trekked along the uneven ground among the olive trees, and I wondered how old they were. 

We climbed over a few large boulders and through some scruffy weeds amongst the olive trees. When we got the top, only about 15 minutes from when we entered the field, we were rewarded with this view.
From the looks of the littered beer cans nearby, we certainly weren't the first ones to discover this remote location. This would be the perfect spot to watch the sunset along the Aegean!
The view from the other side of the peninsula. More clear waters.
Well, we found out what was beyond those Turkish olive trees.

It pays to be curious.
I loved the twisted tree trunks on these old olive trees!

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jaz@octoberfarm said...

gorgeous! at least there were no injuries this time!

Alan said...

girl after my own heart - always wanted to find out what was up that track; round the next bend;over the next rise; under that rock! - seldom dull or uninteresting!

Kim, Living to Seas the Moment said...

so beautiful!! I am always surprised to meet a native or a local of my new home state who hasn't explored some of the places I have discovered right in my backyard. Good for you!!!

Julia said...

We always like to go and explore, too. We love it when we ask someone who has lived in Fethiye all their life if they have been somewhere and they say no. Always a good feeling to tell them they should go. ;)

Joy said...

@Joyce, thanks...no one was injured while researching for this blog post! ;-)

@Alan, I wholeheartedly agree with you!

@Kim, I know! There's always something to discover. I also say if you are bored, then it's your own fault. Plenty to do and see around you.

Deniz Bevan said...

Gorgeous photos. I love the way that always happens in Turkey - people just don't discover, or label things properly. Except for the guys leaving the beer cans behind :-)

Joy said...

Thanks Deniz! Turkey just photographs beautifully! :-)