Explorer’s Journal: Time for Some Bee Cleaning in Cildir
Phrase from Field: Deep into night, men are still working, racing wheel barrels between rows of open hives, depositing honey coated equipment into newly emptied boxes for perplexed bees to scour.
Memorable Meal: Dinning in the temporary wooden club house of three nomadic beekeepers, the dinner menu is the bachelors standard: Nutella, bread, cheese, honey, and tea.
Location: Cildir Lake, Turkey
Altitude: 6,200 feet
Date: August 13, 2012
*****About Explorer’s Journal: From April 2012 – December 2012 I am exploring the Caucasus through the lens of honey and bees as a National Geographic Young Explorer grantee. My mission is to use the living history and culture of small-scale beekeeping to help connect global travelers to local food traditions. The Explorer’s Journal is a daily snapshot from this adventure, giving you a small taste of the very complex life of the honey road. I am joined on parts of this adventure by story-teller Claire Bangser and navigator Suat Celik. To learn more, find me at my National Geographic Explorer page or read about the adventure here. Would you like to read a story in your local magazine? Do you have an idea for an article? We are producing extensive visual and creative material on the region’s food, culture, and history. Send us an email to brainstorm how you can bring our young perspectives into your publications: email@example.com.