Day 8 – Lazy Boat Day
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Picture the scene if you can. It's pitch black in the sky with a billion pin-pricks of light twinkling like diamonds. In the dark shadows between them I can just make out the lines that connect the mast to the rest of the boat. Beyond my sight I know there is a single Turkish flag with its bright red background and striking white crescent moon and star on it, fluttering softly on the Mediterranean island which is only about 20 metres away to the right. Just beyond that island you can see (when it is light) the tip of a hill on a Greek island. On the left the lights of Kas and Kalkan are just visible beyond more islands.
Only two noises can be heard as I lay writing this blog, only half awake on the deck of the guilet we have hired for the day and night - the gentle lapping of the sea against the boat on either side and the occasional stirring if Kate, Callum and Tom, all sleeping on deck with me on blue mats (about 10 cm deep), covered with blankets and a sleeping bag insert (its still way too hot for a real sleeping bags). The scent is, of course, salty sea water but mixed with the gentle aroma of insect repellant! This is our first real day of relaxing - our LBD (Lazy Boat Day, not as Mrs Harris thinks, Little Black Dress!) according to Tim, our guide during our trip through the ancient eastern sites. I am not the most relaxing person on holiday - I like to be seeing the sights and not missing out on anything but this day has ticked both boxes. We arrived at our boat, which was a 2-3 minute walk from the hotel, at 10am with the co-owner of the tour operating company, Karen, who has very patiently been dealing with all my many requests while I was researching, booking and the taking our Turkish holiday.
was a lot apprehension from everyone as we strode along the long line
of boats moored at the Kas harbour. Eventually we stop at a large vessel
with attractive brown wooden railings around a deck upon which is a wooden
table. The rest of the boat also has a natural wooden construction and
there are two large white masts, one flying the flag of Turkey which is
fluttering in the wind. At the front is a large area with 9 sleeping mats
under a blue canvas cover. Below deck there is a large galley, two toilets
and 4 cabins. It looks well cared for and easily big enough to accommodate
us comfortably as there will only be us and 2 members of crew on board.
This does seem to relax everyone a little - I think they were imagining
a tiny outboard motorboat!
But soon everyone is jumping from the side if the boat.
Tom and Callum trade ever more expansive leaps. Each time Tom completes
a new method of jumping or diving he shouts 'oh yeah baby' and then proceeds
to hone his technique - leaping from the boat, diving from the steps,
jumping backwards, pencil jumping through a round float, bombing into
the water to create as much of a splash as possible and leaping hand in
hand with me. Osman helps him with his diving technique which looks a
little painful on the tummy at first but soon improves.
If you can imagine the moment when you see something amazing and want your children to see it too and you're desperately pointing at it but they can't seem to see what you're pointing at even though it seems completely obvious to you and then imagine trying to do it in the water with a mask and snorkel on, then you can understand the scene. Kate spots it quite quickly but Tom is diving under but keeps saying 'I can't see it, I can't see it'. Callum's initial reaction from the boat is 'yeah, and look over there it's a flying pig'. But eventually after realising that Tom couldn't see anything through the condensation on his mask (!) and Callum being persuaded to take a look we all get to see this wonderful turtle in its real habitat. Later Tom and Kate see another after much searching. This one they manage to spot just as it is coming to the surface for water just a metre in front of them! If only we'd got a waterproof camera!
Much of the rest of the time when we are not in the water is spent reading or playing motormouth (basically Taboo but on a little electric device rather than with cards). Kate is reading a John Stuart Mills essays on Liberty which is her first attempt at reading philosophy. But it is actually quite fund picking the text apart together although it does take quite a bit of tim! Finally watching the sun set over the surrounding hills. The food on the boat is excellent. At lunch we site down to a wonderful salad with a cooked mushroom salad and pasta. For dinner we've got BBQ chicken, rice and salad.
Then finally we start putting our beds together and
settling down to sleep. Amazingly Osman has gone out to fish Seabream
buy snorkelling in the dark with just a spear and a green light. We watch
a little to start with and he shows us his first catch. Later as we are
almost ready for bed his light can be seen far out towards one of the
islands. How he can see I don't know but eventually he's back with his
catch and the lights go off on the boat. Which leaves me laying here listening
to the sea and enjoying the shooting stars and mulling over a very happy