You'd think after 5000 years, they'd know at least one song!

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Hey, Siva! A little hand here!

Today we headed out for probably the highlight of the entire trip; a camel ride into the Sahara desert and the berber camp that would be our home for the evening. Even the drive out there was eventful. Our driver got us stuck in the sand so it ended up becoming a team effort to get us moving again, as you can see by the photos.

Once we arrived we stored our bags, bought our berber scarves, tied our turbans, grabbed our saddle (a blanket) and met our camel. Having a camel stand while you are on its back is an experience. So once we were all settled onto our mounts, we were led to the beautiful dunes of the Sahara. It's a feeling that's really hard to describe so I will let the photos due most of the talking. We arrived at the camp just as the sun went down and it wasn't long before we were all laying on our backs looking up at the stars.

Our desert camp.
It was so clear, you could even see satellites moving across the sky.

Soon a group of us decided we weren't content to just sit under the stars, we had to climb a dune to get closer. Whew! That is a workout. My technique; a funky looking crab crawl with breaks every fifty steps or so. The reward at the top was worth the huffing and puffing. Awesome. A sight that can't be beat; a quarter moon shining over the sand dunes. 

After taking in the scenery and catching our breath, down the dune we went.  I tried a skip and slide approach, whereas others played it safe and slid down on their derrieres.  Whilst we were clamoring over the dunes, Erin and our guide were making our dinner of Khalia, a meat stew which was one of my favorite meals of the trip.

When in the Sahara....
  Or maybe it was because we were in the Sahara and eating under the stars that made it so tasty.  For our post dinner entertainment we were treated to some Berber drumming, more singing by George, and Wesley's now famous (or infamous) line "you'd think that after 5000 years they'd know at least one song!"

So with much laughter, sore muscles from camel riding and dune climbing, and with our bellies full, it was to our tents for a good nights sleep.  Well, almost.  I over-dressed and woke up sweating and had to peal off some layers and just as I was about to fall back asleep, the snoring commenced.  Sorry for hitting you, Mara.  I could have sworn it was coming from you and not Mel!

The next morning we awoke early so we could catch the sunrise over the desert.  Once again, words cannot describe.  The sand and dunes take on amazing formations and as the sun rises higher into the sky, the colors and shadows continously change.  Our reverie was short lived however and it was time to pack up camp, load the camels and head back to "civilization".  If only George could have resisted from singing Dear Liza yet again.

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Hey, Siva!  A little hand here!
Hey, Siva! A little hand here!
Our desert camp.
Our desert camp.
When in the Sahara....
When in the Sahara....
Carolyn left in the dust.
Carolyn left in the dust.
Mara of the Sahara.  I wish my tur…
Mara of the Sahara. I wish my tu…
Preparing for our desert adventure.
Preparing for our desert adventure.
Hang on!
Hang on!
Whats up with my turban?
What's up with my turban?
Off we go.
Off we go.
Self-Photography while moving is a…
Self-Photography while moving is …
Weird creatures, camels.
Weird creatures, camels.
Our room for the night.
Our room for the night.
Mara doing a Rudolph Valentino imp…
Mara doing a Rudolph Valentino im…
Crazy hair.
Crazy hair.
Hey, it looks funny but it worked!
Hey, it looks funny but it worked!
On top of the dune at night.
On top of the dune at night.
Best dinner of the trip.
Best dinner of the trip.
Mara and Lisa.
Mara and Lisa.
After dinner entertainment.
After dinner entertainment.
Our guide and cook.
Our guide and cook.
dawn over the Sahara.
dawn over the Sahara.
The Blue Scarf gals.
The Blue Scarf gals.
Erin et moi.
Erin et moi.
Water!
Water!
Im coming unraveled!
I'm coming unraveled!
Ummm...not sure why.
Ummm...not sure why.
My jump, slide technique for desce…
My jump, slide technique for desc…
Whoa Nellie.
Whoa Nellie.
I think the hump is in a bad spot.
I think the hump is in a bad spot.
I pimped my ride.
I pimped my ride.
Lovely lines
Lovely lines
and curves
and curves
The classic shot.
The classic shot.
Another classic shot.
Another classic shot.
We made Erin walk.
We made Erin walk.
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