Entrepreneurialism -- and altruism -- in Uçagiz.

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The busy harbor at Uçagiz.

DAY SEVEN of the Beaches & Ruins Road Trip: KEKOVA SOUND.

I thought we’d never get out of Uçagiz. We traveled by car to this small fishing village to visit Kekova Sound, which has some interesting underwater ruins. Although it was meant to be a short visit, we ended up spending a good part of the day here, thanks to the Everlasting Lunch …and a flat tire!  

We arrived at Uçagiz in the late morning and found a man to take us in his boat to visit the ruins. It cost 100 YTL, which wasn’t a particularly good deal, but it seems to be what all the boat owners in the harbor had decided to charge. Our captain was probably in his late 30s, high energy, and spoke English well. After we got aboard his rickety old craft he announced that we were his first customers.
Boat captain is just one of his titles.
Not of the day… his first customers, period. He had just bought the boat yesterday! Well, it’s nice to be the first customers of a budding entrepreneur. I really hoped he knew how to drive the thing! (He did…in fact he was a very good boat pilot).

We chugged off across the water, and then did a drive by of a small bay area where a tomb is partially submerged in the water. We couldn’t get close in our boat (it was roped off) and it was hard to see, so it was kind of a disappointment. I understand that it’s possible to hike to this area, and I think that would probably offer a better view, since it’s pretty close to shore.

Next he brought us to an area where we could see ancient ruins on the hill and tumbled down into the shore and in the water.
Waterfront property.
We cruised along the shore and it required a good imagination to visualize what once must have stood in this area. Is that a building…or just a pile of rocks? We could see walls formed under water as well, but there were no fully intact buildings as I had expected.

We have seen so many ruins they are all beginning to look alike, so it was interesting to see them in a completely different setting.  But it was a little bit of a let down, too, as the structures were in such pieces it was hard to understand what we were looking at.  Overall it’s worth seeing, this place but maybe it would be better to take an organized tour where they explain what you are seeing.   

We docked the boat and as we were leaving Lisa joked that since we were the first customers we should get some sort of prize or bonus.
Our boat captain's other business.
She was teasing, but he quickly insisted we have coffee with him. Turns out our little entrepreneur owns a little bar, too. It was a wooden structure on stilts, nice and breezy, with comfortable seats. A good place to hang out.

We were so comfortable and enjoyed our host so much that we decided to order lunch. We asked for food, but there was no menu, so he made some suggestions. Little did we know he was just making it up as he was going along, as he doesn’t actually serve food at his bar! We finally figured this out then we saw him run out and buy bags of food (and some utensils), which he brought back into the back room. We heard sounds of food preparation and settled in for a long wait. I repeat: a loooong wait. Finally we got a huge platter of French fries, a basket of bread, and a DELICIOUS and fresh tomato/cucumber salad.
Lunch is served at last.
We gobbled it down, and about 30 minutes later my cheese panini came, which I think he just ordered from the restaurant down below. Next out was Lisa and Steve’s sautéed shrimp plates, which they said were not very good.

By the time we finished it was well after 2pm, and we had to get the heck out of town. We paid an exorbitant amount for our lunch (our entrepreneur had a good day thanks to us!), and headed out, FINALLY. When we got back to where we had left the car, our entrepreneur was already there, back in position near the parking area trying to find some more suckers, I mean customers. As we pulled out several guys waved their hands and pointed to our front right tire. “KAPUT!” they said. Sure enough, the tire was flat. Damn! Will, we ever get out of this town?

At this point our entrepreneur jumped into action.
Boat captain, bartender, chef...and now mechanic.
In the scorching hot sun, he propped up the car, removed the flat tire, and replaced it with the tiny spare from the trunk. By the time he had finished sweat was pouring off his face, and he was covered in brake dust and filth from the tire. His dad, who had been hanging out at the restaurant, magically appeared to watch the proceedings, as did several other guys in the area. His dad called him “Superman” and pantomimed him driving a boat, cooking up food, and changing a tire … Superman indeed! We were highly appreciative of his abilities. We tried to give him some money for his help, but he adamantly refused. Our profusion of thank-you’s was enough. Nice.

Finally we were off.  It’s not a proper road trip without at least one flat tire right?

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The busy harbor at Uçagiz.
The busy harbor at Uçagiz.
Boat captain is just one of his ti…
Boat captain is just one of his t…
Waterfront property.
Waterfront property.
Our boat captains other business.
Our boat captain's other business.
Lunch is served at last.
Lunch is served at last.
Boat captain, bartender, chef...an…
Boat captain, bartender, chef...a…
Me on board.
Me on board.
Fishing village on Kekova Sound.
Fishing village on Kekova Sound.
Ancient tomb in the water. We didn…
Ancient tomb in the water. We did…
Picturesque village on Kekova Soun…
Picturesque village on Kekova Sou…
Harbor with Simena Castle in the b…
Harbor with Simena Castle in the …
Ancient stairs now lead nowhere.
Ancient stairs now lead nowhere.
Underwater ruins in Kekova Sound.
Underwater ruins in Kekova Sound.
Ruins in and near the water.
Ruins in and near the water.
Kayak is another way to see the un…
Kayak is another way to see the u…
This man brought ice cream to the …
This man brought ice cream to the…
The hill was lined with hundreds o…
The hill was lined with hundreds …
Locals in the harbor.
Locals in the harbor.
Open air bar at Uçagiz :^D
Open air bar at Uçagiz :^D
Spices for sale in Uçagiz.
Spices for sale in Uçagiz.
Finally we get our lunch!
Finally we get our lunch!
Shrimp for lunch.
Shrimp for lunch.
Meanwhile in the shade...
Meanwhile in the shade...
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photo by: cmgervais