|A tiny part of Skopea Limani|
After chatting much too long with Roger and Lynn, we departed Ekincik Limani with intentions to sail to Gocek. As always in the Med, the forecasted winds never materialized. Wind was light and from the wrong direction. But we were able to ever-so-slowly sail for most of the day, taking the opportunity to run the generator and watermaker. This charged the batteries to 100% and also put 1,000 liters of water into the tanks. This would be enough water to last us until we berthed at the dock for the winter.
Rounding the point of the peninsula, the wind died completely. Engine switched on and sails furled away. We turned toward Gocek. But the sky started darkening and we quickly decided that maybe going to Gocek might not be the best idea. We had never been there and were not familiar with where to anchor or if there even were anywhere to anchor there. So we hooked a right and headed toward Fethiye. We know that enormous bay quite well. We could safely anchor there even in a storm after dark.
|A rock formation I liked in Skopea Limani. An|
anchorage is hiding behind those rocks.
About halfway across Skopea Limani towards Fethiye the skies opened and it poured. Rain!! Yes! First drops on rain to fall on BeBe since 3 May. It has been a hot and very dry summer, typical for this part of the world. The persistent HI over this part of Turkey during the summer begins to break down with the cooler nighttime temperatures of early autumn. It will rain more and more often as the temperatures continue to drop.
Since arriving in Fethiye we have met people on several boats, none of which will be wintering here. Most cruisers who are not longtime residents of Yat Marine or Netsel in Marmaris are going to Finicke for this winter. Finicke offered a special promotional rate for this winter, including electricity. We had obtained a quote from Finicke much earlier in the spring and it was too high to interest us. A day or so after we committed to winter in Fethiye we received the promotion email from Finicke. It was basically the same price we are paying to dock at Yacht Classic Hotel for the same time period; the difference being that electricity would be included at Finicke marina and we will be paying extra for electricity here. But we are still happy we chose here. Finicke gets more severe weather because of where it is situated and that marina did not look very protected. The docks at Yacht Classic Hotel in Fethiye are much more protected from winter storms, basically no fetch to cause rough water at the docks. We feel more secure about leaving our boat in the water here while we travel. We would worry about leaving BeBe in the water unattended in Finicke during the winter.
|No Anchoring sign -- right|
next to an anchored boat
|Oh! You don't mean me, of course!|
|Bill on top deck at swim stop|
|Enjoying the ride|
|Entering Gocek on gulet trip|
Someone had told me that rotisserie chickens are only 6TL each there instead of the 12TL in the supermarket here. We brought a hot/cold bag to keep the chickens hot during the trip back to Fethiye. We loaded up on heirloom tomatoes, about $1.10 for what would have cost $15 or more back in Houston. I paid 2TL for a kilo (2.2 pounds). Back in Houston in 2006 heirloom tomatoes were $6.99 per pound. Tomatoes are such a staple in Turkey. There are many different species and all are wonderfully delicious. And always extremely inexpensive. These heirlooms were ever-so-good. We should have bought more.
|Motoring away from Gocek, looking forward on the gulet|
|Top deck of the gulet we took to Gocek|
On the gulet trip back to Fethiye we stopped at an island to give folks an opportunity to swim for an hour or so. Not me, buddy! It was much too cool to think about getting into that water. A nice cup of hot coffee was more my style.
|The gulet drops anchor and backs up toward shore. Lowers|
the ramp into the water so people can go swim. And a crew
guy swims ashore with a rope to tie to a rock to hold the
stern from swinging.
|Handing fishing off the bowsprit. Notice that some Turkish Muslim girls|
dress like typical westerners instead of all covered up.
Several of the crew fished off the bowsprit; nothing caught that we saw.
|Crew member preparing to dive off the top rail of the gulet|
|And off he goes!|
|Rabbits galore! Notice the pile of carrots they are|
eating. Left by one of the visiting gulets.
|More rabbits. They were everywhere!|
The island was inhabited by lots and lots of rabbits. Wonder what the story is there. There are no structures on this island and no ancient ruins. It appears to never have been inhabited by humans. So how did rabbits get out on a little island? And why?
|Entering Fethiye on gulet trip|
|An ancient citadel or fort on hillside behind Fethiye|
Entering back into the big bay at Fethiye we noticed some Lycian rock tombs and an ancient citadel or fort on the hillside. How had we missed these before? We have been in and out of this bay about 6 times and never noticed these tombs or fort. Guess we were always too concentrated on watching boat traffic rather than looking at the mountains. It appears that one can walk up to one of the rock tombs. Maybe that will be a day hike on a cool day.
|Lycian rock tombs on hillside at Fethiye|
Later that day Hajo and Julia treated us to a fabulous meal at Pasa Kebap Restaurant .The food was great and the company even better. Hajo and Julia are people we hope to see again. They departed this morning, heading once again towards Finicke. They also plan to haul-out in Gocek next spring so maybe we will connect once again. Lovely people.
This morning we weighed anchor and visited the fuel dock at Ece Satay Marina, the large marina adjacent to Yacht Classic Hotel. Cost of diesel was 4.39TL per liter, which comes to $9.26 USD per gallon. $1370.17 to fill our tank. Glad we don't have to do that every month!! We prefer to have our fuel tank completely full for the winter so that condensation does not form inside the tank to pollute the diesel. We are now settled in once again for dock living for the next 6 months. The weather is perfect to cruise for another month or more. But we are not interested in re-visiting the anchorages we have already seen this summer. We have several little interior projects to keep us occupied during the upcoming cold weather.
On Friday we leave for a 6 day trip to Cappadocia with a tour group of cruisers, mostly from Marmaris. Very much looking forward to seeing this special place.
As always, click on any image for larger view.