Crazy Cave Castles

Jul 25, 2011 5 Comments by

Cappadocia’s main draw is the fairy chimneys which are made from eroding rock formations. The soft rock has diminished over time to leave these “chimneys” behind. They are millions of them and some have been even made into hotel rooms. Fantastic! For my first stop here I headed out to Uchisar Castle. Once again it’s not a castle as it doesn’t have turrets and a moat (le sigh) but it is pretty cool.

Since I caught the local bus and not a tour, I was dropped off at the edge of town and had to make my way towards the tower. Glad I’d picked something massively tall so I could find it. Also, this meant I approached the mountain from the base and got to spent a ton of time just climbing in and out of ancient homes. Awesome! The main reason I always love NOT doing a tour. Of course this meant that I eventually got myself into trouble.

See those stairs?

Ok so those stairs are an illusion, a mirage. With the bright sun overhead they look like they would be beneficial. LIES! I got about 3/4 of the way up before it had dissolved into me basically gripping the mountain with my fingers desperately trying not to fall down. Now of course it dawns on me that I won’t be able to make it up any further, unless I was Drew and therefore a monkey. The problem came with trying to figure out how to get down from my position. I obvisouly needed to come back down the same way I came up, but I couldn’t get any purchase with my feet. Meant I basically skidded down a few feet, scrapping my legs the whole way. I finally got up the courage to let go with one leg to flip myself over onto my back. It took a bit of doing and I cursed myself the whole way, but I got flipped around finally. After that it was just a slid down on my ass with my feet to keep from flying off the mountain. Brilliant ideas all around. After that I stuck to the better trails. See mom, I can learn!

I eventually made it all the way up to entrance to the castle where I had to pay an entrance fee. I really think that should be waived for me. I did climb all the way up and scrapped up my legs unlike the losers that just took the bus. I mean, come on! Anyways the castle was ok, the one great thing was the view from the top.

Zee top!

I spent a bit of time wandering around the top of the place and then headed back down to grab some water. It’s amazingly hot here in Turkey. I know it’s hot at home and all, but damn. The owner of the little shop I bought my water from offered to let me come and wander around his underground shop. It was immense. It went on for rooms and rooms. When I told him I didn’t really want to buy anything, he just said he wanted me out of the sun. I looked hot and sweaty. So we plopped down on some cushions in the back and talked until I cooled down. Then the weirdest thing happened, he asked if I wanted to meet his ducks. Ummm ducks? Did I hear that right?

Baby ducks!

OMG they were adorable! I wanted to steal them and bring them home. No, I have no idea what I would do with ducks but seriously. Adorable. The one in front is the female, the other is the male. Funniest part? If you picked up the female, the poor little male would start crying for her. I’m not kidding, he’d start quacking and get louder and louder until you brought her back to him. So cute.

Went to go climb a castle, ended up playing with baby ducks. Such a strange country.

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5 Responses to “Crazy Cave Castles”

  1. Mom says:

    that is one amazing story!! i did not like the part about you trying do those “stairs”…..but, as usual…..my girl figured it out!! DUCKS!! : )

  2. Drew says:

    Haha, I would have tried climbing up the stairs as well.

  3. Mom says:

    obviously heather & drew are related!! sad mother!!!

  4. Mom says:

    picky, picky, picky!! or should i say….tacky, tacky, tacky??

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