Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Jeep Safari - A Drive on the Wild Side.



My morning dog walks have been coinciding with the daily jeep safari. I prefer not to meet them as they zoom quite fast through the forest and whip up a dust cloud that must negate any health benefits I gain from my morning stroll.  I vary my timings but so do the jeeps, so we've encountered each other 3 times in the last 7 days. I'm a bit sorry for the customers on board. It can't be much fun being bumped over a rough road with the sun pelting down, eating the dirt of the jeep in front. I also feel that they are being a bit short changed. They might see a stork or a heron, a few cows and a goat or two, but I don't think I,  a middle-aged Brit in a Marks and Spencer's floral dress, add to their experience of Turkey's wild side.  The jeep companies have put terrapins and fish in our ponds to add a bit of interest to the trip but I think I can do better. 
There is a shop on the main road to the airport that sells plaster statues. It's had a giraffe and an elephant  on show for the last couple of years. Do you think I should investigate getting them up to our garden to lurk behind a pine tree to give the safari guys a thrill? When my daughter was little, I had to make her a paper maché dolphin head for a school play and everyone (very rudely) said it looked more like an ear-less donkey.  I could find it in the store room and have it peaking out from a bush to add a frisson to the trip.  At least it would provide a few more photo opportunities. 

13 comments:

  1. Haha...love it! Yes I really think you should buy the giraffe and give the tourists a bit of excitement. And the earless donkey head too of course.

    I can never understand the attraction of the jeep safaris here. They drive like lunatics. I'd actually love a jeep but only to drive myself.

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    1. Just wondering how to fit a giraffe into a VW Gof.

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  2. Hello:
    Oh yes, what fun to have plaster animals peeping out through the undergrowth for the delight of camera carrying tourists! And, how interestingly these faux animals could be coloured and patterned. Surely this would boost tourism no end as foreigners come in search of the 'dotty' red and white giraffe.

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    1. You've given me an idea. We could paint the tree trunks in red and white polka dots

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  3. Yes, I think you should go for it... I wonder if we could persuade the cafe in Pamucak to provide some similar attractions. The jeeples scare the beach sparrows, let alone the wildlife in the wetlands which is normally a lot shyer.

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  4. You should certainly do it! It would make the trip.

    Thank you for your kind words on mine today. Helped greatly!

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  5. Hello, you've left me giggling. Thank you for the pictures you painted in my mind. Peace.

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  6. . . you could probably pick up one of those life-sized stuffed camels that turn green after a couple of seasons for a few lira. There are regular accidents, incl a fatality last year, around Dalyan from these idiot drivers and their idiot passengers who drive around having water pistol fights.

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  7. Gosh yes, go for it!! It would make their day!!

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  8. This could be the beginning of one of those consuming passions. The earless donkey/ dolphin is a must for getting conversations/arguments started amongst the tour groups!

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  9. LOL! Go on, just do it! You know you want to. :-) Your additions would be the highlight of the trip and would make up for the inevitable bruises.....

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  10. That would be really funny and even funnier if you heard people talking later on saying, "I didn't know they had giraffes in Turkey." ;)

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