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Up early in the morning we were soon bouncing along on our way to ride some camels in the Sahara (on my bucket list). We were in a van with a couple from Hungary, a man from Australia, a woman from Canada, and and a guy from Brazil. Shortly after leaving Marrakech we came to the mountains and it became clear our driver did not slow for hairpin curves and narrow roads! I'm used to mountain roads living in Colorado, but these were something else. Our driver was on a mission! We tore around those curves barely missing vehicles coming from the opposite direction, kids and donkeys, and dropoffs. I decided to try to sleep but about the time I'd doze off we'd round a turn and I'd be in Elsie's lap or halfway on the floor.
We reached the top of Tizi-n Tichka Pass finally and got out at a pull-out to take some pictures and catch our breath. Then we were off again. There were a lot of shepherds in the high meadows;luckily we didn't hit of their sheep or goats. Finally we reached Aït Benhaddou. We ate at restaurant there. The food was delicious, but with the heat it was hard to enjoy it. Aït Benhaddou was incredible! Very pretty! It was extremely hot, but we had a lot of fun exploring the alleys and rooms. The bus driver gave us 2 hours to eat and visit the kasbah, and then we were off again. About 14:00 the heat was starting to get to everybody.
About a km down the road we met our camels. Elsie, of course, wanted the prettiest one and she got it. We loaded up our supplies on the camels and we were off. I expected a sore bum out of this, but I had no idea.
We arrived at the camp after 2 hours on the camels. The tents were made out of carpets and inside the tents was very comfortable. They fed us dinner (tajine) and played a couple songs on the drums. By now everybody was fighting to stay awake, so we drifted off to our tents. I forget what the beds or mats were made of, but I remember thinking how hard they were 2 seconds before I fell asleep.