camping...this was nothing comparable to camping in Qatar (at least the camping trips we have taken). Here we were actually out in
the middle of nowhere, no one riding on the dunes, no sounds. It did take a
while to locate our starting point - in the dark- but we finally made it to the
patiently waiting camels and Omar, our guide. It's hard to describe the trip to our camp on the camels. It was absolutely magical to ride across the
dunes -moving silently, the full moon glistening, lighting up the wandering
dunes, hearing the occasional animal but mostly just enveloped in a magical
cocoon of silence. It was a phenomenal ride!
desert camp was a mixture of the nomadic tent with modern conveniences - the
tent was "typical" Berber style made from camel or goat hair and many woven pieces decorated
the entrance to the tent, keeping the cold air out and the relatively warmer air inside. Once you opened the flap, however, the luxury
started - and typical Berber ended. A number of rugs were layered on the floor, on which was located a
double bed, the weight of the blankets was delicious to sleep under! Through
the next wall of curtains we found...a complete bathroom!
They served us a fabulous meal with meats (and veggies) prepared with Moroccan spices - they don't seem to have very spice foods but these were quite nice. After the meal, we were treated to a musical performance, again in the historical style. They played various kinds of drums and other percussions instruments and one young man danced to the beat. Jeff had wanted to get pictures of the Milky Way that night but, alas, the
sky was totally covered with clouds. Even our early morning rising to great the sunrise found too
many clouds to get a good picture, though we certainly enjoyed the morning silence and warming sun. Riding back to meet our driver was another treat, seeing the passage we had taken earlier, feeling the warming sun on our backs and greeting camels and herders coming out for the day. Wish we could have stayed an entire day - the silence was fabulous with no cars or bikes kicking up sand on the dunes there!