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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH GOATS & STARS

October 13th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
Destiny is the barely seen blue hull on Juliet dock at "Yat Marina"

Destiny is the barely seen blue hull on Juliet dock at "Yat Marina"

Although we now have a contract at Marmaris Yacht Marina, we get restless after a week of sitting at the dock and ventured out recently with the intention of going whatever direction the wind was blowing. 

Once outside Marmaris Bay it became apparent that we could go anywhere because there was NO WIND at all, and we would be motoring—as appeared to be the case with a sailboat race that was standing by waiting for wind to come up.  It never did!

Where's the starting mark?

Where's the starting mark?

There's the mark. . .where's the wind?

There's the mark. . .where's the wind?

Who needs a sail when we have an engine!

Who needs a sail when we have an engine!

Since the prevailing wind is NW and there was a possibility that we might be able to sail on the way back to Marmaris, we motored about 25 NM west to Serci Limani, a long fijord-like bay that we had passed several times but not ventured into.  During the summer doldrums of July and August we thought it might be too hot.

The entrance to the bay is so narrow that it is not easily visible from a distance, blending into the rocky cliffs along this stretch of coastline.  Thanks to GPS coordinates, we pointed Destiny toward the shore and about a mile out could finally make out the entrance.

Now you don't see it. . .

Now you don't see it. . .

and now you do!

and now you do!

As you enter the bay through the rocky entrance, there is a sharp dogleg to the right and a rocky cliff rises straight up on the left side of the bay.  Captain Nemo’s Restaurant at the far end of bay has installed moorings and a boat assists in picking up the mooring and taking a line to shore—a necessity in this narrow anchorage.

Rowboat stands at ready to assist with mooring

Rowboat stands at ready to assist with mooring

Jagged cliff backdrops rocky beach

Jagged cliff backdrops rocky beach

There was a rocky beach just off Destiny’s stern and about dusk we saw mountain goats starting down the steep cliff to the beach.  We watched in amazement as goat after goat, after goat inched its way head first down the steep cliff toward the beach, grazing on low bushes along the way.

Head first down the rocks. . .

Head first down the rocks. . .

the herd gathers on the beach to drink, feed and play.

the herd gathers on the beach to drink, feed and play.

Unlike other goats we had seen that appeared domesticated and were tended by people, these goats were clearly wild and sported luxurious long coats that shone in the late afternoon sun.  There were goats of every imaginable size, shape and color.  They scampered over the rocks, nibbled trees, and surveyed their domain seemingly untroubled by the boats that lined the bay.

Goats parade by Destiny's stern

Goats parade by Destiny's stern

Goats sport long coats. . .

Goats sport long coats. . .

and a regal demeanor.

and a regal demeanor.

Because of its remote location, on a moonless night Serci Limani becomes a heavenly observatory. The constellations and Milky Way glowed brightly against the black night sky as the wind howled down the narrow bay at 20+ kts.

Jolie registers 20 kt. on the nose

Jolie registers 20 kt. on the nose

All in all this bay is idyllic, especially in the “off season” when it is not taken over by charter flotillas.  We stayed a second day while Kent replaced a snapped throttle cable.  If you have to have a mechanical this is not a bad place–as long as you have the necessary replacement part–which we did!

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