Lucia, Alex, Matthew and I had quite an adventure in the Taurus Mountains south of Kayseri and officially part of Cappadocia, though it's far afield of the famous moonscapes and fairy chimneys. Though it looks close on the map, we had to take an hour-long bus from Kayseri to Nigde, then another hour to the Pansiyon. The owner picked us up at the bus station on Friday night, and drove us all the way back to Kayseri on Sunday, stopping at the Kupuzbasi waterfalls along the way.
Below are the majestic mountains as we enter Ali Daglar National Park.
At 3 AM, Lucia, Alex and Matthew went on an elusive search for the Caspian Snowcock. Alex encountered the teeth of a monster while scaling the mountain. Our "chariot" swayed on and off the narrow mountain roads, flirting with a fall down a cliff and later, the front brakes locking, before the vehicle broke down. We did encounter nomadic Yoruk tribesmen and their hundreds of sheep, who led us to a second chariot (a tractor), which six people climbed on and we all made it down the mountain without falling off. Next day, Jim, Matthew and Alex went mountain climbing, or as far as they could go without climbing gear. Late in the day, for tired boys, the rocks of the mountains made nice pillows. On Sunday, we made our way from our pension to the stunning Kapuzbasi Waterfalls along twisting back roads, a "quick" three hour drive.