13 May 2013 | Tomb Bay, Skopea Limani
Dan 24 degrees C, 1005mb, gentle rain
We are at anchor this morning, enjoying the first rainfall since we were in Bodrum over three weeks ago. Interlude needs a nice freshwater rinse and this temporary change in what otherwise has been quite stable and warm weather is actually quite welcome.
We've spent the past week exploring the delightful town of Göçek and several of the anchorages in the nearby Skopea Limani (Bay). The Gulf of Fethiye, the larger body of water which Skopea Limani is part of, is truly a sailor's paradise. There are countless coves and small bays to tuck into for the night, most of which are uninhabited but some with a small restaurant ashore. The afternoon breeze typically provides 10-18 knots of wind, enough to move us from point A to B efficiently but without any uncomfortable chop or heeling. The nights have been absolutely still (we typically drop anchor and tie a long line ashore) and we're all sleeping better here than at home.
My primal side came out recently when I decided to purchase a small speargun. Tyler and I have been "on the hunt" a few times but with nothing yet to show for our efforts. But I'm determined to to harvest at least one fish large enough to provide a decent meal before we leave so stay tuned for further developments and pictures. We now have a couple of small scuba tanks onboard so we can get down below the surface where the tastier fish hang out ... :)
We're heading across the Gulf to Fethiye tomorrow. With a permanent population of over 70,000, Fethiye is a major European tourist destination. We need to refill our LP and scuba tanks and take care of a few other minor projects so we'll probably spent 1-2 nights there before continuing on West to explore more of the Lycian coastline. We'll be coming back here in approximately 2 weeks to drop Tyler off and will probably be leaving the boat in Göcek when we return home for the summer.
Before arriving here we spent two pleasant nights at anchor in Ekincik Koyu and left Interlude behind for a few hours while we took a took a day trip up the Dalyan River to see the ancient city of Caunos and the rock tombs above the river. I've posted some photos in our photo gallery and will share more details on this outing and about the Lycian people in an upcoming update.