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Chapter 24
Not My Decision
It's getting to the point where when I find out I'm flying the next day my heart sinks and I say to myself, "oh no". It isn't the flying part, its all the drama associated with it and wondering what I'm going to be hassled about next. When I woke up on the 27th, I could see the fresh dusting of snow from overnight but couldn't tell if it was still snowing or not. Knowing I was supposed to fly today I immediately started to stress about the fly/no fly decision. By the time I went outside to catch my ride to the launch field it was snowing pretty good. I think "Oh well, what else have I got to do besides wait for the weather to clear". We get just past the office when Banu gets off the phone and says "The other company is waiting, so we will wait". Heaven forbid that the pilot actually gets to make the decision to fly or not! Well, it was a no brainer for me, but I already know they don't want to hear my opinion. We go back to the office and wait around. And then wait some more. I sat around for over an hour before Banu finally said we were cancelling the flight. No doubt the right decision (and probably not hers) and I didn't even have to make it! A little relieved at not having to argue about whether to fly or not, I go back home and take a nap before taking another walk around Kapadokya.
I walked through a valley that was Northwest of Uçhisar this time. A small valley, but filled with pigeon holes and caves. It's incredible sometimes to see just how the people here make every little piece of land count. They farm absolutely everything they can.
An orchard among the caves
A closer look at the orchard
Another small farm
As I walk along among the small farms and caves, I spotted something move on the other side of the valley. I stop and watch but don't notice anything. About the time I start to walk again, there it is! It was hard to tell what it was because it blended in so well with the environment.
Can you spot the fox?
A better look at the fox I saw
I was just able to get the zoom lens on the camera and take those photos. That fox scurried off up the cliff as fast as it could go. I have seen fox here from the air, but this is the first time I've seen one while hiking. After a nice little walk I head back to the house. On the way I saw what is one of my favorite views of Uchisar and took this picture. I'm sure in the spring and summer, when things are green and there are leaves on the trees, it looks much nicer.
One of my favorite views of Uçhisar
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