The great HOT Sahara
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The Sahara was quite an experience. We first drove about 9 hours through some incredible heat. Even with the air conditioning it was HOT....up to 45 above outside. Our tour bus is kinda roughing it. I have short legs and my knees are pushed right up against the seat in front of me. I dont know how the taller people are managing it. We switch seats all the time because some are better than others for leg room.
It was very cool to see the change in scenery as we trekked through the atlas mountains to the desert. Eventually we reached an area where we had to leave our tour busses behind and hop into 4 wheel drive vehicles to venture over the sand and rough terrain to get to our final destination by the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
The 4 by 4 driving was awesome....feels like the Indiana Jones ride from Disneyland...only for real. To get across the sand they have to rotate the wheel back and forth so that you dont get stuck in the sand. Our auberge where we stayed was pretty awesome. The whole area us filled with Berber tribes....often known as the Blue Men (they always wear blue and used to dye their faces blue).
The first night we stayed in a traditional Berber tent at the base of one of the dunes. It was too hot in the tent though so we pulled our sleeping mats out and slept under the stars instead. I have NEVER seen stars like that before. Once the moon went down it was absolutely spectacular....I could see the band of the milky way and even saw two shooting stars.
Now the stars were quite amazing but it was a little nerve wracking knowing what is out in the sand with you so I didnt get so much sleep.
The next day, we all hopped on some camels and went through the sand dunes for about an hour to another Berber camp. It was better....there were no bugs or anything so we got a good nights sleep under the stars again....The next day we trekked back on our camels to our original camp. Riding camels is not the most comfortable thing in the world but the scenery sure was spectacular!
After the Sahara adventure, we drove high up into the Atlas mountains where we stayed for a couple of nights at a beautiful little place in the middle of a red gorge with a swimming pool. I made good use of that pool....the heat in Morocco is incredible. Unfortunately, I also got sick.
Today, we are venturing through the Valley of 1000 kasbahs and through the Valley of Roses. It is Moroccowood...not really called that....where many films have been shot like Gladiator and the Bourne Ultimatum, etc.
So I am drinking lots of water and coke and not eating much and wishing I hade some rehydration salts but overall, having a great time. Did I mention how happy I am to be on a tour? The people in my group are so nice and very diverse. I am enjoying getting to know everyone as we venture through.