THE HIKE

Cappadocia (part 2)

By: Ellie

Kelly and "Mom"One of the best parts of our cave hostel, Yasin’s Place, was Yasin’s mom. She didn’t speak very much English, but she was always around and always ready to help. In the morning she would call us over, rub our bellies and say “hungry, hungry, fried egg!” and proceed to make us a delicious breakfast and an apple tea. She had quite a personality and did the majority of the work around the hostel. We started calling her “mom” which she loved.
The first morning we were there we ate breakfast, and finally met Yasin (who is actually about the same age as us). After, we decided to do some hiking in the valleys around the town. Emrah drew us a map and told us to just follow the footpaths. It seemed really confusing. We were going to try to do it on our own, but an American girl offered to come with us. The girl happened to be Yasin’s girlfriend, Laura, who was visiting for a month from Washington, DC. She met Yasin while traveling to Cappadocia a few months ago, and they are now in love. Apparently that happens a lot. The men in Turkey can be very charming, well at least they try really hard to charm you.
Yasin also sent Emrah with us on the hike. At first we were a little annoyed, because Emrah talks A LOT and can be a little too flirtatious. But once we got started we realized we were very lucky to have him as our guide on our 5 hour hike. He grew up in Goreme and has played in these valleys since he was a child. He was able to show us hidden churches and secret paths we never would have been able to find on our own. Actually, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have been able to find any of the paths on our own.

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Primitive church drawings

Primitive church drawings

He took us through some pretty scary parts, which were definitely not the way that the regular tourists go. I’m not sure if that was the best or worst part of our hike. At some points it actually turned into a climb using all four limbs to make it up the mountains. The steep bits going down were actually the scariest. Although Emrah seemed to walk straight down without a problem, I think Kelly found the best technique. She would sit on her butt and then do a kind of crab walk on her back, sliding down at times. Eventually, as it got more treacherous, Laura (who was wearing flip-flops!) and I followed suit, mostly because when we tried to walk we just ended up sliding to our butts anyway.

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It was ridiculously sunny and hot, but every couple of hours we would come upon a small cave with a small Turkish man that sold cold drinks and souvenirs.  The great part about coming the Emrah is that everyone knew him and Yasin, so we got free drinks and were able to get out of the heat for a while and relax in their cool caves.

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In one of the cave rest stops

In one of the cave rest stops

We don’t think these men live in these caves, but these guys are pretty old, so we aren’t sure how they get there everyday. The stops are in the middle of nowhere with steep hikes to reach them. We also saw some fat European tourists that we know couldn’t have made their way up like we did. We think that maybe Emrah was hiding a much easier path.  He lead us down a “short cut” that was supposed to be a dried up riverbed. For some reason, on this day it was not dry. We had to sink our whole feet into mud and try to tiptoe through, feeling out whether we were going to sink to our knees in muck. Either way it was worth it. We were incredibly filthy from head to toe, but the views were amazing. It was a great experience and I’m proud of us for taking the hard way.

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We took about a billion photos on the hike, because every direction we looked we saw something else more beautiful than before. It felt so hard to capture what we were seeing, but I tried. Here are just a few of the things we saw during those 5 hours…

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Rose Valley

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The last sight on our hike

The last sight on our hike

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2 Responses to “THE HIKE”


  1. 1 lauren June 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    this is unreal… i’m in awe

  2. 2 Robert June 17, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Ahh!! I just caught up on your blog! You guys are EXCELLENT bloggers! And i’m so excited for your adventures!!!!!!!!!!! Stay safe and keep having fun!!!!


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