“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Desert Trip to Omani enclave

The desert in Oman is spectacularly beautiful. It is harsh and unyielding, yet in this season picturesque, full of colors and hues and simplicity.

We went on a safari of sorts, 8 cars of Historical Society families from all walks of life. We started at a bat cave after going off road. The one lonely bat flew out in disgust at our disruption of his sleep.

We also saw multiple sand dunes including 'big red'. Driving in the sand is deceptively difficult. The worst place (for embarrassment as well as for towing) is actually on the flat. You cannot lower your revs and it's as slidy as a snowstorm. Walking in sand is not so much fun either. We marveled at the slate mountains and the majestic dunes and wildness.

We picnicked under some Ghaf trees and a hungry camel smelled our gorgeous lunch and wandered over to sample some, so we fed it some leftovers... She even wanted to eat the plate. She stole a cardboard one from the back of someone's open car on her grumbly way out.

We got home well after nightfall while others camped in the desert to stargaze.

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