Our time in Istanbul seemed like eons ago, and it was the last time we stayed in one place without moving for more than a week. Since then, we have been changing accommodations every 3-5 days going from one town to another. It felt like a whirlwind of packing/unpacking, riding public transportation, and walking with our heavy packs looking for the next Airbnb. Today we checked out of our last mini stays, moved on to our next destination, and will stay put for the next 8 days.
Then we were off to Fethiye, but not before checking out Itzuzu Beach, which is a 20-minute drive from the hotel.
Joe and I had wished we could have planned for a beach day here after seeing this. However, Itzuzu Beach wasn’t in the cards today.
Itzuzu Beach is where Carretta caretta (loggerhead turtles) come back to nest annually, and this is where the sea turtle rescue & rehab and conservation facility is located.
It is disheartening how damaging humans can be on the ecosystem, but at the same time, it is heartening to see that there are still good people in this world who are willing to do something to help.
Dekamer is a nonprofit organization, volunteers and donations are welcome.
After the visit to the sea turtle museum, I wanted to get a bird’s eye view of the beach. However, there was no trailhead from the beach other than the roadway. So we drove in the direction where we thought a viewing platform may be. No luck, but we did find trailheads.
The trail started off as a dirt road where 4x4s can travel on. The reason for that was quickly revealed to us.
At the end of the last beehives, the trail quickly narrowed to a footpath. The trail isn’t heavily used, but we could make out the trail.
We began to see an opening among the trees about 20-25 minutes into the hike.
Joe was satisfied with the view but I wanted to see if there was more. So he hung back and I ventured on for another 7 minutes (told him if I wasn’t back in 15 minutes, he should look for me).
I could tell that most people stop where Joe stopped, because the path beyond that point was a little harder to discern, but not impossible.
It was a lucky thing that Joe was posted where he was, because I completely went off trail heading back. There were so many little trails leading away from where I had come from. Tricky, tricky trail.
If I could have planned a better day for today, I would have either a) put on my swim suit and go swimming in the clear blue ocean, or b) put on my hiking boots, instead of my worn out Vans, and hike the 8 miles of the Kargicak trail.
The drive to Fethiye took us through miles after miles of pomegranate orchards.
When we got to Fethiye, we realized that the town is much bigger than we had imagined. Then, after seeing how nice and spacious the Airbnb is, we decided to tack on 2 additional days to our stay.