#9 Turkey’s Lycian Way, St Paul Trail, and Kaçkar Mountains
In 2011 we thru-hiked the Lycian Way and the Saint Paul Trail, and then spent a week backpacking in the Kaçkar Mountains. Trip reports coming soon. On our final day we accepted an invitation to tea from the mayor of a tiny mountain village. He wrote us a letter which we carried home with us; Google translates it as follows:
The people of the world are beautiful.
American, German, French, British, Turkish are always nice people.
But the politics of self-interested dictators is destroying the brotherhood of beautiful people.
The current situation in Turkey is heartbreaking; it is tragic that the citizens of that great country are suffering under a rising dictator, and it is a shame that it may no longer be a viable hiking destination.
Why? I loved everything about this trip including the stellar scenery, the abundance of high quality archaeological sites, and the ease of travel. But by far the most satisfying aspect of the trip were the Turkish people, who were gracious and generous beyond description. They set a gold standard of what it means to be good hosts.