|BeBe at fuel dock in Ece Saray Marina in Fethiye|
topping off fuel tank for winter to prevent condensation.
That's me by the boat loading up Bill's cases of beer.
This year I had nothing of that kind on the boat. And none of those things available for purchase in the local markets. And no Americans in the vicinity. Therefore, I planned to simply ignore Thanksgiving this year, especially since we will be flying home on Dec 5. The last thing I wanted was a lot of food on the boat just a week or two before needing to shut down the fridge and freezer. We would either take the bus to Marmaris and join the Thanksgiving dinner that is held at Pineapple's restaurant for the very large cruising community in that area, or we would ignore Thanksgiving altogether this year.
|Judy, Jean and Harvey at Thanksgiving|
Harvey and Jean are the owners of S/V Guitar, the boat docked next to us here in Fethiye. They lived in the United States many years and learned to celebrate Thanksgiving. They own a very nice apartment nearby; where they have based for the past 7 years, wintering in Fethiye and living in their apartment and sailing the Med during spring, summer and fall. Harvey and Jean very graciously extended an invitation for Thanksgiving dinner in their flat. And it was sumptuous! A real turkey roasted to perfection and all the trimmings.
|Harvey, Julie, Jerry, Jean & Bill at Thanksgiving|
|Jean serving desert. She is more comfortable sitting|
on the floor than on the sofa. That would kill my hip.
A side note: Harvey and Jean are in their 70s and are in amazing physical condition for people even half their ages. Harvey is a runner and very fit. Jean has the body and agility of a 25-yr-old.......thanks to yoga. Oh, to have that kind of flexibility and muscle tone! Color me green with envy.
|Building retaining wall at hotel marina|
|Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Very different selections|
than you will find at home
Our little dock is not full for this winter. I don't think the hotel did anything at all to market available berths for the winter season. The only reason we knew about this hotel is that friends on a boat just like ours stopped here in early May and sent us an email about the place because they knew we were shopping for a place for this winter. There are only 4 boats at this dock which are occupied for the winter, us and 3 French boats. Plus 4 unoccupied boats that are berthed here whose owners have returned to their respective home countries for the winter. Plus 1 boat our size that is occupied by a paid captain, and 2 large Turkish yachts occupied by crew. That is it. And we very much enjoy our tiny community or lack thereof. We like the town of Fethiye much, much better than Marmaris. The lack of fellow cruisers is fine with us. The large Ece Saray Marina is next door, and we have met the owners of 2 boats docked there who will be living aboard all winter. We prefer our small dock rather than the larger marina. The hotel showers and restrooms here are well-heated and the hotel restaurant remains open all winter. The restaurant and bar beside the dock closed last week for the season; the swimming pool is being drained today. The large supermarket is about a 1 mile walk (each way) into the main part of town. The city-run dolmus (small bus) picks up and drops off right at the front door of our hotel; so in inclement weather there is alternate transportation rather than hoofing it.
|Rainbow on a hazy day in Fethiye|
|Barnacle encrusted deflated fender that attached|
itself to our anchor chain
One last thing I meant to mention in a prior posting. We had anchored in the western side of the huge bay here in Fethiye for 17 days before moving to this dock. When we raised the anchor there was something entangled with our anchor chain. It was a deflated fender with a very long line attached. Somehow the bitter end of that long line had managed to thread itself through our chain. We don't know how this was possible because the rope thickness was exactly the diameter of the chain link opening. It would be hard to force that rope through that chain if you tried to do it. But it did. And then twisted the line round and round our chain. A nasty barnacle covered mess. When we first pulled it up we thought it was going to be a major hassle to get it free off our chain. But when Bill found the bitter end of the rope and cut it, the rest fell away effortlessly. The sea can do some strange things.
As always, click on any image for larger view.