View from the top of Old Man of Coniston hike in Lake District National Park, England.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Preston, Lancashire, England.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Wyke, West Yorkshire, England on May 29th!

Monday, February 28, 2022

February Expenses

Had we not done those medical checkups and bought me a new pair of hiking boots, February would have been an all time record low month. Of course keeping in mind that February only has 28 days, but still!

We spent a total of $1,884 CAD ($1,487 USD, €1,322), but our actual living expenses were less than half of that!

Staying at our first official Turkish campground!

We got on the road around 8:00am so that we could take advantage of the early Sunday morning lack of traffic in order to get ourselves out of the city. We took the coastal route, which is a little slower going but we had done the faster route in the car when we were here in December 2020 and it was not a scenic drive through a lot of industrial areas.

The coastal route in this area between Antalya and Alanya is loaded with big resort hotels... one after the other. 

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Another Senior Nomads lunch, and my new hiking boots arrived!

We drove over to Vera and Bob's apartment and found a parking spot really close by. They offered to let us use their washing machine and so we did some laundry and had nice hot showers!

Then when we the laundry was hung up to dry, we walked over to the same restaurant where we had lunch with the other Senior Nomads group last Tuesday.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Maybe we'll give it up in twenty years or so

We took a rare day off from writing the blog. We didn't have anything to write about! Thursday was a wet, rainy day, and we had done a lot of walking the previous three days so we simply took a day off from that as well!

We're still waiting here in Antalya for the hiking boots that I ordered to show up. We didn't really want to drive anywhere, and there were a lot of puddles on the nearby bike trail. We ended up contacting Bob and Vera, the Australian couple who we had met the other day.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

It's an odd feeling to have no plans, but we have some ideas

Normally when we travel, we have some sort of deadline. Even if that deadline might be four or five months out, which of course gives us quite a bit of flexibility. But right now, we feel like we don't really have to be anywhere, and it's a bit of an odd feeling.

We do want to go back to Canada this summer for maybe a month or so, but we aren't counting on that happening in the current travel environment. If it happens, then it will be a fairly last minute decision. If it doesn't happen, we have lots of other options.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

New hiking boots!

We had always been fans of Merrell hiking boots until the last couple of pairs we bought that didn't last as long as we thought they should have. So on October 10, 2019 we each bought a new pair of Oboz hiking boots.

Well they are now due to be replaced. In fact, they've been due for a month or two now and we've been actively looking for new ones. But, we're pretty happy with how long the Oboz boots lasted, and in fact we would be happy to buy that brand again.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Medical test results

We don't often talk about our medical issues because 1) we really don't have any, and 2) when we do talk about things medical, everyone becomes an arm chair doctor.

But, we spent much of the day yesterday with the doctor, and we don't have anything else to talk about so we might as well tell you the whole story!

Monday, February 21, 2022

A nice lunch, gluten free treats, and a funny story!

We figured on a forty minute walk to get to the restaurant where we were meeting some of the "Senior Nomads" facebook group, and timed it perfectly, arriving right at 11:30pm.

There was Bob and Vera from Australia, Thomas and Georganna from California, and Matt and Avic from Colorado. 

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Eye doctor results

It was a little chilly yesterday morning, and we didn't know what the route would be like for cycling, so we decided to walk to our 10:00am eye doctor appointment. It turns out that it would have been no problem to ride our bikes... there wasn't much traffic on a Saturday morning, and there were quite a few sections that had bicycle only lanes.

But it was only 6.5 kms (4 miles) each way, so we had no problem walking it in an hour.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Hiking in Göynük Canyon, and into the big city of Antalya

We slept Thursday night at the Göynük Canyon parking lot. Total peace and quiet... it actually would have been good for a two night stop except that we had to get to Antalya for our eye doctor appointment on Saturday morning.

This whole area has a lot of trails, and the famous Lycian Way trail goes through this area as well. I had seen a cave marked on the map, so we decided to hike up there first. 

Friday, February 18, 2022

The abandoned Eco Dream Club Resort

One of the stops we wanted to make yesterday was at the very strange Eco Dream Club Resort. There are a lot of all inclusive style resorts along this part of Turkiye's coastline. They're very quiet at this time of year, and in fact many of them totally close up during the winter and re-open in March. 

But there is one big resort here that closed up in 2014, and never re-opened. The abandoned Naturland Holiday Area Eco Dream Club Resort.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Made another doctor appointment

We have our ophthalmologist appointment on Saturday morning. That is why we are heading to Antalya fairly quickly.

Regular readers will remember that we had refractive lens exchange surgery done here in Turkey back in late December of 2020. You can read all the details here. We are going to see our ophthalmologist just for a checkup since we are in the area. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Views above Kas, Turkiye

When we had been in Kas in the fall of 2020, we had done a hike up the mountain behind the town. It is part of the Lycian Way hiking trail which runs about 500 kms (300 miles) along the southern coast. We wanted to continue further along that trail to see what there was to see, so we headed up the same mountain again yesterday.

The weather has continued to be perfect! Sunshine, blue skies, and temperature about 18C (66F).

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Beautiful southern coastline

This week is going to go by quickly, as we have to be in Antalya by Saturday morning for our eye doctor appointment. We did that on purpose though, otherwise we wouldn't get through this area fast enough!

Part of our goal on this Turkish trip is to see some of the area east of Antalya towards the Syrian border and if we're going to do that we have to get a move on. So booking the eye doctor for Saturday gives us the push we need.

Monday, February 14, 2022

The ancient city of Pinara, Turkiye

Sunday is market day in Calis Beach, so we walked over with Aly and Martin at about 10:00am and did our weekly fruits and vegetables shopping. When things are so cheap, it's actually fun to go out and do the shopping!

After that, we needed to get going, so we said our goodbyes. Much thanks to Aly and Martin for looking after us, and Max feels great too with a full fresh water tank, and empty toilet tank!

Sunday, February 13, 2022

It was another beautiful day!

We hopped back on the bikes Saturday morning, and Martin came along with us. 

This time, we headed north up along the bay to an area where they have built a huge five star resort complex. There's still a lot of construction going on in the area, and there are rumors of a cruise ship port that is going to be built up there as well.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

It's days like this that we're so glad we have the bikes with us

I am reminded why we liked Fethiye. And I don't blame the 10,000 or so British expats for living here. It's a really nice city.

Yesterday, we got the bikes off and went for a ride. We knew that there is a 6 km cycle path that runs the length of the coastline here at Fethiye. It is lined with park space, and a running/walking track, and cafes. It's really pretty, especially on a beautiful blue sky day. 

Friday, February 11, 2022

Made it to Fethiye

Woke up to a gorgeous blue sky and sunshine and the forecast says it's going to be the same thing for the next week or more. Finally. It seems like ever since we left Germany at the beginning of October we've been constantly searching for nice weather. 

It's still not tropical by any means, but with highs of 17C to 19C over the next week, it's not bad when the sun is beating down on you.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

One of the best things about living on the road

Tuesday was quite the change from the beautiful day we had on Monday. Tuesday was a stormy day. Overcast, showers, and a really strong wind. We just stayed put in the parking lot of the municipal beach at Sarıgerme. 

Fortunately, it was only a one day event and we were back to sunshine and blue skies on Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

How did it all begin?

Yesterday, we heard from Beth, a long time reader who says she never comments. But she sent us a very nice email instead. She had some questions about our history and how we got into this abnormal lifestyle and how we can afford to travel full time. She apologized for being nosy, but we don't mind telling the story! I did write about it once about ten years ago, but there are more details I should have included. And of course we've got a lot of readers who would have never read that particular post from so long ago.

So here is the whole story...

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Finally got out for a bike ride!

I had a great birthday, thank you all for the birthday love!

This area is really fantastic for bike riding. And yesterday was perfect weather for doing exactly that! So I got the bikes off, and we went for a bike ride. I had a route planned that led to a cave, but I wasn't exactly sure what we would find there.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Today is a special day

Late Sunday morning, we drove from Marmaris to Sarıgerme Beach. About 100 kms (60 miles). Not a very exciting drive, mostly on a four lane highway. But the road was in great condition. Max really enjoyed it!

We arrived at a large paved beach parking lot. It was about 1/3 full, and we parked at the back away from everybody else. But by mid afternoon, the lot was packed and Max was no longer on his own!

Sunday, February 6, 2022

A question for the boaters out there...

Woke up to another beautiful day. This is the kind of weather we came here for! 

In the morning, we hiked up to the antenna towers on the hill in behind where we are parked. We figured it would give us a great view of Marmaris, and it did...

Saturday, February 5, 2022

A beautiful day in Marmaris, Turkiye

We woke up to blue sky and sunshine, and it stayed with us all day. Even better, it looks like it's going to be a beautiful weekend as well, and right through into Monday.

We drove into Marmaris for a few reasons. We needed to do laundry, and there is one here that gets great reviews, and it has a big grocery store that is likely to have our gluten free bread. Also, because we had been here in November of 2020,  we knew that it has a nice waterfront walkway that goes for 5 kms (3 miles) in each direction. Great for people watching, and enjoying the nice weather.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Lots of water!

Wednesday night we had a lot of rain, together with a lot of thunder and lightning. We even had some hail. Surprisingly, we felt like we slept okay! Good thing we were parked on high ground though, as you'll see in the photos. 

The weather turned out worse than forecast and we ended up sitting right where we were until just before the noon hour. Katja and Yves had taken off a little earlier than us, but not by a whole lot. They were taking a different route, but we will see them again down the road at some point.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

We might do one of the world's great train rides

We didn't do very much yesterday because the weather wasn't the best. We did do a short drive just for a change of scenery though. We ended up parked at a playground/park just outside the village of Kargicak. They even have a couple of electric outlets, and it's free. So, a good spot to spend the night when the solar panels aren't getting much charge during the day.

I wasn't going to tell you about our plan just yet, because it might not actually happen. But we don't have much else to talk about today, so here it is...

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

A tough hike to start off February!

We were itching to get out for a hike yesterday, and they were calling for afternoon rain starting around 12:30pm, so we tried to get out as soon as it warmed up a little bit. We got dressed for the weather, put our boots on, stepped outside.... and it started raining!

Fortunately it was just a quick shower, and we were soon on our way.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

January Expenses

Well, it wasn't as cheap of a month as we originally planned, but we're still happy with the way it turned out.

We spent a total of $1,921 CAD ($1,515 USD, €1,347) during the month of January. We always set our budget goals low to start off with, and adjust as the month progresses. Most categories turned out higher than we expected, however we were under budget in Meals Out, and Entertainment.

Now this is the kind of area we love!

Monday morning, Yves and Katja took off to visit the Temple of Apollo. We had been there in November of 2020, so didn't need to return, but we thought it was worthwhile enough to recommend that they visit.

We headed around the south shore of Lake Bafa, and then inland to the north shore of the lake. We had read that it was a worthwhile overnight spot, and that there was a lot of hiking opportunities in the area.