Thanks to the border guards in Kerch, we have to spend three days. What would you like to do here?
It was calm at night, but in the morning a breeze blew, and the place of our parking seemed uncomfortable to us. The side of the boat fell just a little below the pier, and every wave that came and strove to shove us under the pier. Moreover, local sailboats are moored to this pier, which ride vacationers, and there is not enough space for them themselves.
But first we had to warn the border guards that we were moving to another pier. The phone number given to us yesterday did not answer, and Sasha and I had to run to the outpost, since it is close. There, however, they didn’t let us go further than the checkpoint and tried for a long time to understand who we were and why we were asking them for permission to reshuffle, but then they got through to someone, and they gave us the go-ahead to go to the seaport.
The transition was very short, it was us last night, in the dark, we scoured here for an hour, and now we have met in 5 minutes)
Behind this submerged breakwater, which I was very afraid of yesterday in the darkness, and to the left, and there it’s already quite close)
We moored. They dropped anchor from the stern and brought a couple of ends ashore. Actually, it’s not very calm here either: the entrance to the bay is open, and the wave comes from there, but it’s still better than knocking on the iron pier) By the way, we already went here yesterday, I’m looking for border guards from this place and started)
It seems to me that our anchor did not take the soil. The anchor line sags all the time. We'll have to dive to the anchor and see how he's doing there.
Well, as I expected, the anchor is creeping. We inflated the dinghy, brought the second anchor farther away, then pulled out the first one, and it was also re-thrown. Now, it seems, we are standing securely, we can look out into the city.
Here it is, our haven) Sometimes we jumped ashore from a bowsprit, and sometimes we used a dinghy, but the local children bathed in it, and they so famously jumped from it into the water that I, in the end, took it on board while it did not turn into a rag. Children are very cunning, if I tell them not to get on the boat, they obey, but as soon as I go to the cabin, they again ask permission from someone else, and the rest of the team indulge them))
Kerch is a very pretty town
We headed to the highest point to explore the surroundings.
This hill is Mount Mithridates, 91.5 m high.
At the foot of the stairs to the top there is a beautiful recreation area with benches. Here you can rest from the heat before the upcoming ascent))
At the top is a memorial to those who died for the liberation of Kerch during the Great Patriotic War.
And on the other side are the ruins of the ancient city of Panticapaeum. Kolya and Sasha got up here at sunset.
In the upper left corner, slightly to the right of the blue roof, our mast is visible)
The next morning, stop walking, it's time to do work! But no, this is not a caption for this photo, but for the next one ...
Before leaving for the Black Sea, we once again checked everything and everywhere we remembered to look, and tweaked everything we could reach.
And again to walk, where to go?)) View of the Kerch Bay.
In the afternoon, while Kolya and Sasha are preparing the boat and themselves for the fight against the elements, Katya, Fenya and I went to inspect the ancient ruins. And Katya scared away a flock of birds.
And I only got one sparrow for the photo ...
But I found those who will not run away from me and will not fly away. I’m definitely faster than these, and I’ll have time to take a couple of photos!)
In the evening I climbed the mountain again to photograph the sunset. Sasha kept me company.
But before I took up the sunset, I did find a flock of birds that had fled from me the last time. In addition to sparrows, there were, it seems, larks, starlings, and even one wheatear, which, of course, I did not have time to take off.
The sun was already setting, coloring everything in yellow light, and I kept running after the sparrows)
But they are very cute here, not like ours, Moscow))
Well, it's time to shoot the sunset
Sasha has been patiently waiting for me all this time, and maybe even meditating)))
I haven't seen such a big sun in a long time. Sunsets in Kerch are magnificent.
But now the sun has touched the horizon, and it's time for us to go down too. Tomorrow morning again at sea))
Sorry that it turned out so long, but I really didn’t want to stretch Kerch into two posts.
Thanks for reading, to be continued...