June 1, 2013 by brasiersarah
This was our gateway to Ayder, a simple cross road between Pazar and Ardesen, the bus left us in an arbitrary spot on the side of the road and wondering how many things we’d left on it. We had no idea what Ayder was going to be like, originally our plan had been to go to Rize. Our Couch Surfing host told us to skip that and head on up to Ayder in the Kaçkar mountains. So we did. It was an awesome sight when we finally stopped, boasting every all the shades of green you can imagine. A small one horse town than ran above a white flowing river, it was actually refreshing just breathing in the air. It is a popular Turkish tourist spot but we where just before peak tourist season and we where lucky to get a 1x1m room for just $15 bucks a night.There were fluffy rabbits, playful puppies, cheerful people, and quaint wooden chalets dotting the green landscape. It was enough to make you think you were in a story book. Where the snow melt turns into fresh water.It’s hard to write anything about these kinds of places because it’s so damn beautiful. There is nothing else to say, you don’t need to explain whats going on in the picture it’s there right in front of your eyes. After trekking for about an hour we ran into these locals having a party by themselves. They invited us in and we danced and worked our way around the language barrier. After a few çays and a could of shots of whiskey we were on our way, recharged and a little lighted headed. Just before we decided to turn around we were engulfed by a tidal wave of fog coming in. It was such an amazing thing to watch, slowly watching this giant white monster devour the mountains. Rewarded ourselves with a hearty dinner by a fireplace, a couple of beers and a game of backgammon. I this photo when I went out for a walk in the early morning. I took the camera with the and did some trekking and clicking. I found it fascinating that I had seen the full cycle of water, from the very peaks of the Kaçkar mountains all the way down to the rivers that flow endlessly into the Black Sea.This was the point I had to stop and turn around. Our bus would be leaving at 12:00 and I had a choice to turn around and leave or loose myself forever and become a something your children would see on Nat Geo Wild.Again it’s hard to say much about these kinds of places because the beauty is so rampant that it leaves no place for words. Just sit back and take in the views it’s as simple as that.