|Raised walkway near gorge entrance|
Year round cold water. This is a great day trip on a hot summer day. If it is cloudy or a comfortable temperature, wait for another day. The water is far too cold to get into unless the sun is shining brightly and the air temperature is hot.
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|Climbing required in some places|
|Writing with mud. It washes away.|
Thank you, God, for this small favor! Neither Bill nor I wanted to wade through icy waters to our shoulders. We would have continued if she truly wanted to go on, but were glad she wanted to stop at that point. This spot was almost to the turn-around spot. We would only have gone another couple hundred feet and then have to come back again through that deep icy water. Why bother with that last few hundred feet! Plus, I was concerned that my camera would get ruined if i slipped on those water-covered rocks in water that deep pool. I did not bring the underwater camera because it does not take good clear photos. The SLR camera would be ruined if it got wet.
|Several places had boulders wedged overhead|
|Another boulder overhead|
There are several streams that enter the gorge beneath the wooden walkway before the walkway ends and you are once again down on ground level. Just past the ground area another stream pours into the gorge. A small food concession is situated here but was not open at the time we visited. It is a lovely little park-like setting with benches and picnic tables beneath the huge fig trees.
|Fig tree growing in stone|
Speaking of fig trees, they are everywhere! It was amazing to see fig trees growing straight out of solid rock walls with no visible soil. I had no idea that fig trees were so hardy.
|Walking (?) down to cross with the lines|
|Hang on or be swept away!|
The stream pouring into the gorge here can get pretty rough. It was not too bad the day we visited but one could tell that it sometimes flows much harder and faster. There were 2 lines strung across the gorge at this junction for the tourists to hold onto to keep from being swept downriver. Downriver is where the tubing begins. In our younger years we loved tubing the Guadalupe River in Texas but we are older now and that no longer holds appeal.
|Up the gorge we walked|
|Fancy coffee machine in the open-|
air closed concession stand.
However, when the guide told Bill that he would help Elisabeth and me to keep from falling on the slippery underwater boulders, Bill immediately decided that having a guide along might be a good idea. And we were later glad that we had hired the guide. He knew exactly where to step and kept us from choosing the wrong path through the patches of water, holding my hand to help me step up many of the rocky areas. Falling on stones would not be good for my bad hip; it already hurts enough just doing normal daily activities.
|One of the deeper pools to wade through|
|Lovely walk in cold water.|
Rece explained that in the early spring when the snows in the adjacent mountains melt that the water get 5 to 6 meters deep within the gorge where we were walking. That is almost 20-feet deep! Bet that is a sight to see. And to hear!
|Lots of climbing over rocks. Then ever onward.|
|The tour buses have arrived!|
At one point on the return walk we stopped and drank water pouring out of the wall of stone. It was ice cold and tasted delicious. Wish we had brought a bottle to fill.
Many sections of the walls of the gorge are marble. Marble is found all over Turkey; this area is no exception. It was interesting to see the way the flowing water over the eons has smoothed and shaped the marble. Very pretty and unusual.
When we arrived back at the stream junction with the 2 lines across the gorge waters there were tourists everywhere. Quite the crowd. I was shocked at several people carrying babies and toddlers as they crossed those slippery boulders and rocks in waist-deep surging water. That seemed very dangerous to me and I am surprised that the park ticket office allowed them to do that. Guess things are different here and if parents want to risk their children's lives then the park officials don't get involved. So very different than back at home where I am positive it would not have been allowed.
As we walked back on the suspended wooden walkway, there was a constant stream of even more tourists making their way into the gorge. Glad we arrived early and missed the crowds.
|Restaurant outside park entrance. Literally dine by the water|