A journey to the moon
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Reza, Mahdieh and Parsa (Iran)
Another 06.00 start awaited us on Friday morning, as Reza and his family had kindly volunteered to take Julia and I to Kaluts, a place in the desert with weird and wonderful rock formations. The area is located 150 kilometres North East of Kerman and covers a vast expanse of 145 kilometres North to South and 80 kilometres East to West. Reza had recommended an early start as temperatures in the Dasht-e Lut can soar to 65 degrees by midday.
The ninety minute drive took us over the Payeh Mountains and Reza told us stories of a plane crash that had occurred there and also some mountaineering friends who had lost their lives whilst climbing one winter.
Approaching the start of the Kaluts, we began to see small mounds with trees sprouting from them and Reza posed the question of how they came about. I took option one that the mounds were fertile patches that the trees had grown from, whilst Reza believed that the tress were there first and that the sand had gathered around them. Both options seemed feasible, and it made for an interesting spectacle.
When we reached the Kaluts, Reza parked his car just off the road and we stepped into the searing heat.
Lousy Planet states that Kaluts is 'unique on Earth', but clearly they haven't been to Yadan National Park in China, which is basically the same! Nevertheless it was beautiful and mysterious and has baffled scientists as to how it was created. Arguments include wind erosion, a glancing blow from a meteorite and no doubt extra terrestrial activity.
Walking even small distances was bringing a sweat to my brow and been in such scorching temperatures really isn't anyones idea of fun, but the urge to take photographs got the better of me and i dragged Julia off for a 30 minute walk. By now the sand was so hot that you could feel it burning your toes and it makes you realise what a horrible death it must be to get lost in the desert. Thankfully we kept our bearings and managed to navigate our way back to Reza and co, who were waiting for us back at the car.
Hot and sweaty we made our way back to Kerman, and Mahdieh cooked us a great lunch of chicken and potatoes in a tasty sauce. After using the internet for a short time, we all agreed that we should take a nap for a few hours and recharge our batteries.