One arch and lots of paintings
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The day starts around sunrise with breakfast and coffee and then a short walk to get us started with the day. The daily routine in camping life starts to become still more familiar and we tend to do the things the same way everyday.
After our early walk we drive for a short while and gets to a giant arch. I have seen pictures of this arch it is really big it is almost the same size as the biggest arches in Arches National Park in Utah. There are several arches in the area but this one is by far the most impressive we see on our trip.
of the day is cave paintings. The area in the south western corner of
describe the changing climate over time - the old paintings got the elephant whereas
the new painting shows the arrival of the camel from the east.
with the cave painting is really small but they are all pretty close together
so the drive from one site to the next is always short only a few minutes
maximum 10 to 15. We drive to one peculiar site where the paintings are all
missing - they have been removed by a group of French tourist - bloody French. The
French tourist had brought with them some liquid that would dissolve the paint
on the rock and then a piece of close to get the painting printed on there
jersey. In the process they managed to destroy a 12 thousand year old painting
which had survived the changing climate from a time with lots of rain to the
current dry conditions with only rainfall every 2 or 3 years or less.
destruction of the ancient rock art led to the
spent the day looking at rock art we head for camp - once again they find a splendid
camp just under a big sand dune. We set up camp. Must of the happy campers put
up there tents within a few meters from the cars but I decided that tonight I
wanted to sleep alone in complete seclusion from the rest of the world lost in
the dessert with no sign of civilization or humans anywhere to be seen. Given
we are a group of
Just before dinner it is time to walk up one dune to watch the sunset once again - always good with a clear sky it gives you a guarantied sunset - not like at home where you are more likely to have a guarantied cloud cover.
Then it is
time to cookies - today the whole cookie eating process pass without any major
incidence and there are no casualties hence we don't need to rush anybody to
the local hospital - which is a good thing given it is half a days drive away
highlight of the night. Dinner time. We are getting soup - you can't have a
main meal in
dinner we spend some time around the fire and talk for a while but the wind
means everybody want to go to bed early.