Hiking Through Pigeon Valley in Goreme, Turkey
You can drive the three miles from Goreme to Uçhisar in five minutes but the scenic route is so much more fun. Pigeon Valley is a strange pedestrian corridor, born of lava and later shaped by erosion into a winding chute. There are two schools of thought as to where the name comes from. The first is the appearance of the lava cones, a blending of white, black, and grey. The second is the honeycomb of birdhouses, carved into the rock face by locals centuries ago to harvest bird droppings for fertilizer. This is as good a mystery as any to ponder, while walking among wildflowers and pistachio trees. The paths follow a stream for some time, which in August is alive with the dangerous humming of bees looking to keep out of the sun.