In Turkey and Turkish culture, we have a tradition of countryside people spending summer time on mountains which is called YAYLA with their cows and sheep etc. Usually these tablelands are on high altitude (our Yayla is 2700 metre high) very cold and covered with snow most of the year. Some Yayla places have trees which are closer to the sea level then others but some have not (see the picture).
In old times, this is done for a reason. To find better grass for animals and make Cheese and Butter for the family to eat during winter time. Also easy to maintain animals on these mountains because there is no need for anybody to wait for them. [Read more…]