0289.The Hike to Tamaraght (Mor 122--revisit)

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I decide to hike the couple of kms back to Tamaraght--with mountains on my left and a huge resort complex being built on my right.  No, this area will never be the same...

I assume that Tamaraght will be mainly just empty summer beach homes--but no, it's seems to be quite alive...

The north end of town is mainly high up on a plateau overlooking the sea... then you follow a footpath back down the mountainside to a small market/restaurant area with sort of a blend of basic services catering to the locals and a few upscales joints targeting tourists and rich Agadir folks who want to get out of town. 

The bulk of the town is line along the road that heads up towards the Immouzzer waterfall.

  I have half a mind to catch a cab heading that direction but when the road to Immouzzer forks off again, there clearly is little traffic heading that way...

I seem to be running out of town on this side of the ridge, so I figure, instead of backtracking, I'll just hike up over the hill to the other part of town. A couple of old ladies stare at me as I follow along the stone walls and cactus fences up the hill.  Soon I realize why.  It's a dead end.

One of the ladies is following me. But instead of asking me what the hell I'm doing there, she points to a tiny little hole amidst the cactuses "there's a way through" she says.

I look at her incredulously.   There's no way I'm going to crawl through those cactuses.  We stare at each other for a bit.  Finally she decides to demonstrate and crawl through the hole herself!

Now I HAVE to go through.

.. or perish in the attempt... So holding my guitar out in front of me I gingerly pick my way through...

I head up over the ridge and back to the other part of town that follows the riverbed.  Finally I reach what seems to be the end of town and I turn around and head back...

Later on I find out that this is actually Tamaraght's neighbor town "Aourir"--lower income town that a lot of Agadirians are moving to due to the high housing prices in Agadir.  It's quite large, but it never quite feels like a town versus just a bunch of houses built along a road...

Since I only did one parkbenching session here, I'll only be able to count it as one town...

 

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