Using the Imagination at Devrent Valley

When you read descriptions of Imagination Valley, the brain conjures up thoughts of extraordinary rocks that will make you wonder if Mother Nature has a B.A. in Fine Arts. However, when you actually visit Imagination Valley (properly called Devrent Valley), you kick yourself for feeling a little let down because it means you kind of fell for the marketing ploy. Don’t get me wrong – the valley is pretty neat with all sorts of shapes in the rocks. Nevertheless, I feel that there really is only one rock that actually looks like something and all the other rocks were designated a “I look like XYZ” name just to get tourists to come. If you look hard enough, you’re supposed to be able to see things like snake, seals, and dolphins. It’s supposed to be a veritable zoo. A valley full of rocks that “look like…” stuff is a much bigger draw than just one rock that looks like a camel. My poor guide tried really hard to get the group to see what he claimed to see but we weren’t having it. Even the heavens pooh-poohed the idea by periodically spitting at us.

After I’ve said the above, do I recommend Devrent Valley? Sure, why not (said with a shrug). It is very close to Goreme, it is another valley of cool rock shapes, and you just might find a rock that speaks to you. If you get bored, there is always the people watching, the few stalls for shopping at the side of the road, and a doggie or two lazing about in the sun. There are no rock churches, no ruins, no frescoes – you really have to be interested in curious landscapes in order to make your visit to Devrent Valley worth your time.

How about this? Instead of looking for animals in the Cappadocian otherworldly landscape of Devrent Valley, how about pretending to be a space explorer visiting an unexplored planet? You can even be Captain Kirk dodging the aliens shooting green crap at you, “pew pew! pew pew!” Whatever you choose to do, give the old noggin a chance to work out – you never know with what the imagination will come up!

Question: What do you think? Is Imagination Valley clever marketing? Do people smoke a pipe or two before visiting the Valley? Or do I just have a bad imagination?

7 responses to “Using the Imagination at Devrent Valley

  1. LOL. The ‘imagination’ aspect is definitely pure marketing. However, despite that, I really liked it there. I had a blast walking through the valley. Very beautiful – though admittedly the entire region is so gorgeous it is easy to get jaded.

  2. I wish you would compile all of your thoughts and put them into a daily reading for the coffee table…. Pictures and all. And a book signing would be great too.

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  3. I’m generally more of a ruins persons but this valley does look beautiful and eerily alien, even if it wasn’t as advertised.

    Hearing about the poor guide makes me laugh and makes me think about the time while waiting for the bus a tour bus went by and I heard the tour leader in it telling people the building I work in was made to look like a sphinx! I don’t know where they got that from!

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