Watch out for those chocolate cookies - small kids can get kill
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Breakfast is pretty early today just after sunrise and after breakfast we start the day with a short walk to get a bit of exorcise. It is a nice walk and not too cold as the sun starts to give a bit of warmth to us all. The dunes got some great colours as we walk past them.
The walk gives us a change to do some wildlife watching as we pass a big beetle on the ground we stop as it seems like the most interesting thing on our morning walk and everybody starts to take pictures - the poor beetle is sitting down in an old tyre track made by our Toyotas the day before. But the tracks cast a shadow and we have to remove the shade to get a decent photo - hence in accordance with the environmental friendly guidelines of the tour company - which means chasing wolfs in 4WDs - we decide to remove the beetles shade to take pictures - and they are so much better with the sun shining on the beetle.
The high speed driving from the day before is quickly replaced by some gruesome slow driving across a stone dessert. The dessert is very distinct but lacks some of the charm of the dunes we used to be driving through.
The first stop today is at a small rock formation at the top of a wadi. There used to live a small family in this area 10.000 years ago and they made a lot of rock carvings. The number of carvings is a lot less than the day before but the small area is easy to get around and we can get close to the carvings today without any problems - not like yesterday where some of the carvings were high on the cliffs and you had to climb a bit to get up there. Hence this place got a special charm to it by being so much smaller.
We drive on and in the afternoon we suddenly stop. Why do we stop here - there is nothing to see? But we start to dig down in the sand and suddenly lots of different colours of sand appear. There is white, grey, black and of course red sand coming up. After the wind blows the sand will get it self organized with the red on top and the other colours under the red sand. How did they discover this sand - nobody knows but the guess is some tourist need to dig a hole in the sand in private and went back and told everybody else about the strange coloured sand.
As we drive along we leave the stone dessert and gets back to dune land. And we get to the entrance to the Jebel Abcus mountain area - my main reason to go to
After we have set up camp our local kitchen crew boils some water so we can get a cup of coffee or tea.
After the cookie incident the cooks starts to prepare diner and they do a great job with the soup - and guess what the main course is. Camel and rice.
After diner everybody squeezes together around the fire it is not all that warm during the night in