sailing boats were already some distance away
when we reached the lake shore again, and we
saw some other people getting ready to go out
water skiing. I sat on the jetty in eager anticipation,
because I had rarely seen lakes adorned with
water skis and sailing boats.
The weather would pass for summer by our standards,
but as I basked in the warm sunshine I noticed
snowy peaks on the horizon. Then I realised
with astonishment that I was looking at the
Aladaglar, a part of the Toros that I know well
from climbing there every year. There was the
peak of Alaca, rising to an altitude of over
3500 metres, and to the right Avci Beli ridge,
and then the peak of Kaldi. I had not thought
they would be visible from Adana.
Next I walked along the shore to the park near
the old dam, in search of Genclik Bridge, a
long suspension bridge for the use of pedestrians
only. In the centre stood a youth fishing, his
bicycle beside him. I do not know whether it
was his rod or his bicycle that I envied most.