Ayder

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June 1, 2013 by brasiersarah

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis 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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhere the snow melt turns into fresh water.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARewarded ourselves with a hearty dinner by a fireplace, a couple of beers and a game of backgammon.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAgain 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.

One thought on “Ayder

  1. Maria says:

    Loved seeing your pictures and hearing your story! My fiancee and I (also couchsurfers) will be headed to that area in about 3 weeks as part of our honeymoon. Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration! Cheers!

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