Day 10: Merzouga Sand Dunes ~ Sunrise in the Sahara
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The Berbers woke us up at 5:00 in the morning by playing their drums (Berber alarm clock). Let me tell you, when they say it can get really cold at night in the desert, they are not kidding. It was freezing when we got up. It was still dark out, but when I looked up at the sky, I was so amazed. There were so many stars, it was unbelievable. I had never seen so many stars in my life. Living in New York City, we really do not see many stars at night with all the city lights. But the sky over the Sahara was blanketed in stars, it was so beautiful; we even saw some shooting stars. I wish I could have taken a photo.
Anyway, so there we were, a few of us stumbling in the dark, across the sand using just penlights to see where we were going to get to the portable toilets before the others got up.
So we get to the dunes and started to climb up. Becc and I thought maybe running up the dunes would help get us up faster, hah. We were wrong. We were running but kept going sideways instead of up. It was hysterical. At one point, my legs gave out and I fell on my face in the sand trying to run up, bad move, what was I thinking. We finally did make it to the top of the dune this time; okay with some help from the Berbers.
After breakfast it was time to for us say adios to the Sahara and continue on our way to Midelt.