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    Fall Break: Pamukkale Again

    One visit to Pamukkale wasn’t enough! The hostel owner told us we must see Pamukkale at sunset. (“Cappadocia at sunrise, Pamukkale at sunset.”) This time, we wore our swimsuits up the hill and sat in the pools along the way.


    Lonely shoes at Pamukkale


    David in the mineral water


    Leah in the water at Pamukkale


    Pamukkale ground


    Infinity pool at Pamukkale


    David in the Pamukkale pool
    Leah in the mineral pool


    Pamukkale mineral water


    Mineral clay




    Parasailer at sunset


    Pamukkale parasailer at sunset


    Pamukkale travertines at sunset


    Mom and daughter at Pamukkale


    Pamukkale at night


    Where we stayed:
    We spent a night at Bellamaritimo Hotel. This hostel was much cleaner than Koçak, however, the room was a little dusty, the shower was not enclosed, and the extra blankets were not clean. The Turkish breakfast was delicious, and the hostel worker was helpful.



    A Lovely View

    When we first got back to Turkey, we posted a photo of the view from our new apartment. Since then, we’ve taken a few more shots!

    We live on the top floor of our building and love watching the sunrises, sunsets, and everything in between!


    Ankara Sunset


    Ankara Sunset


    David took this one with a zoom lens… it’s of the Kocatepe Mosque in Kızılayı:


    Kocatepe Mosque at night


    Ankara Moon


    Ankara Sunrise


    We’ve seen sunshine:


    Sunrays in Ankara


    And rainclouds (rarely):


    Ankara rain clouds


    Ankara lights


    It’s been warm and we keep our bedroom window open at night. The sunrise usually wakes us up if our alarms don’t go off first. It’s hard to be grumpy in the morning when you wake up to this:


    Ankara sunrise


    It’s been cool to see the mountains. We don’t typically notice them when we’re on ground level:


    Sun setting behind mountains


    Hello from the top!


    South Haven, Michigan at Sunset

    We spent 5 days camping last week in Van Buren State Park in South Haven, Michigan with David’s family. South Haven is on the coast of Lake Michigan.


    Southwest Michigan map


    David’s family used their fifth wheel camper, but we had our own private camping suite. The Christmas after we got married, David’s parents gave us camping supplies including a huge 8-person Coleman tent. They also gave us a queen air mattress that takes up about half of the tent. It’s a great set up!

    The first day was really overcast. When we went to check out the water, it was hard to find the horizon! We had some rain the next two days, but it made for good sleeping weather in the morning.


    Foggy day at Lake Michigan


    We spent our days biking, looking at shops in the downtown area, and swimming at the beach. David’s dad had to work during the day, but joined us in the evenings. After we made campfire and RVQ dinners, we’d head into town for ice cream. We ate twice at Captain Nemo’s for their delicious Sherman’s Finest ice cream! (We weren’t as impressed with Kilwins… it was good, but really overpriced.)

    One evening we walked down the South Haven pier to catch the sunset.


    South Haven, Michigan


    South Haven, Michigan


    South Haven, Michigan lighthouse


    We are so spoiled by Michigan beaches! Unsalted and so beautiful!


    Lake Michigan with ducks


    Family on the pier


    We watched the sailboats come into the dock for the night:


    South Haven, Michigan sunset


    South Haven, Michigan Sailboat


    Pure Michigan:


    South Haven, Michigan Sunset



    The Greatest Artist

    I was running around the apartment working on laundry when I looked out the window and noticed the sunset. God is such an amazing artist! At times it looked as though the sky was on fire.


    Sunset in Ankara, Turkey


    Sunset in Ankara, Turkey


    Sunset in Ankara, Turkey


    Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. – Psalm 148:4

    Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. – Psalm 105:2