0296. The Wild Kids of Midelt (Mor 129--new)

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Satisfied with my exploration of Itzer, I head back to Zeida, and from there to Midelt.  I soon find a nice hotel perched on a hilltop with a great view of the town and the plains to the north.  But my real interest are the majestic snowy mountains to the south--and I still have a little time to hike before it gets dark. 

I head over the top of the ridge to the other side, where I'm greeted with a fabulous view of snowy mountains, quaint little hamlets and blooming apple orchards.   This is perhaps some of the most picturesque countryside in all Morocco...

There's a dirt road following the yonder side of the ridge, so I follow along for a while.  A couple of kids follow me along, goofing around and asking for money.

.. They're sort of entertaining at first, but then as I leave them behind... there come the rocks...
At first they come rolling along at foot level--but then they start coming in airborne--and that's a bit disturbing... I pick up my pace a bit looking over my shoulder the whole time.  Mercifully, a guy on a bicycle is coming in the opposite direction--and the rock throwing quickly subsided.

The would be mugger kids in Zaouia, and now the rock throwers of Midelt--it seems these mountain kids are a little on the wild side... But I won't let that spoil my wonderful evening stroll.

The path continues on and on... but it's getting late, so I climb up the ridge to find an alternate way back into town.  Fortunately I find one and make it back into town without being stoned again.

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On my way, I see a sign that says "Ait Serruchen, 7 Kms" pointing to towards the mountains... now, that would be a very beautiful hike, I'm sure... So, should I go discover Ait Serruchen tomorrow, or head south to the desert?

I wander around Midelt a bit more... Other than the delicious tagine in Zeida, there seems to be a real shortage of food and snack variety in this region--can't even find a patisserie of any sort anywhere.  Finally I do find one "Mhelaba" which serves a great fruit salad with yoghurt dish...

A friendly fellow sits next to me--clearly eager to practice his English.  He tells me that there's an abandoned mine about 15 kms away that tourists like to explore... Sounds tempting, but not as tempting as the Ait Serruchen hike...

But first I must explore Midelt a bit more.

  So next morning I crisscross the town a couple of times and take a couple of more pictures with a mountain backdrop.  I grab an early lunch and then make my decision.   I'm going to Ait Serruchen...

NEXT DAY... 

Before I leave Midelt, there's one more thing left to explore... there's a "ksar", an old mud fort right outside town.   It's the first of many mud forts I'll be exploring over these next few days.  Unlike typical Moroccan medinas, there's no labyrinth of alleys inside--no marketplace or shops either.  Instead, there are several entrances with a couple of alleys that turn into winding tunnels which can either lead to another alley,  a stable or someone's front door--in pitch darkness... it's fun guessing which one it'll be.... 

 

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