Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Day 5 - Wadi Rum

Just back from the Wadi Rum - fantabulous. Great journey to the start of the wadi past loads of bedouin tents and camels. They're made of goat hair which expands in summer to create holes for ventilation and shrinks in winter to keep the heat in. They even have road signs with camel shapes inside a red triangle - warning of crossing camels.

Turkish bath was nice before roughing it in the desert. We set off in 4 wheel drives after dumping out luggage in the village - essentials only. Unbelieveable landscape - truly Lawrence of Arabia but bigger and better. A quick picnic under a sandstone rock the size of a large house while Callum climbed the mountain with Laura and Benedict. They had great fun. Then off into the desert past huge sandstone mountains that rise straight out of the sand. After a while we stopped at a stone bridge - about 50 feet high but only a few feet across. We ALL climbed up and crossed to the other side. No other tour group would do this - the insurance would be too expensive. We're all climbing huge sand dunes, walking off into valleys and generally having a great time. Visited Lawrence's desert HQ and went back exhausted to out tent where we watched a fantastic sunset. There's tracks everywhere of the foxes, mice and other desert creatures that come out at night. Only creatures we saw were a huge beetle and loads of camels.

We then gathered around for a bedouin dinner - a pot of chicken, vegetables and rice all cooked in one pot then turned upside down - delicious. Followed by cocnut cake desert.

By this time it was dark and all we had was a fire and the starry sky - and what a sky! Billions of stars. We were all lying on our backs looking out for shooting stars and saw LOADS. The larger ones went across the entire sky - like meteors. Others were small and you had to be quick to catch them. Our camp was right next to a huge sand dune on one side and a huge mountain on the other. We settled down to some chat and a game of charades then just lay there - we all slept outside as it was very warm - I didn't even use the light blanket I brought. I really can't put into words how wonderful this was.

Heard a fox during the night and as the moon rose the mountain and sand became a ghostly white. Up at dawn to see the sun rise, had a lovely cup of coffee and some date cakes, bread and jam, then off on camels across the desert. Superb fun. Callum looked great in his arab dress - got some great photos. Shake you from side to side but once you cross your leg around the saddle it's much more comfortable.

This was the highlight of the holiday so far - really different, truly breathtaking. Glad I watched Lawrence the film and brought the Seven Pillars of Wisdom - we actually went past the pillars!

Forget 'The Dangerous books for Boys' which we have in our baggage - we're living it!

Tally Ho!!!

From Donald and Callum (in hotel with his new friend Laura).

6 Comments:

At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a big kid! Why couldn't you have just joined the BB's as a lad?
Or a day at Portobello Beach followed by a night in a tent in the back garden. Anyway glad to see you're doing OK. I see that they have the same style of cooking as you - everything in one pot. You're surely doing the dishes! Will save a piece of Ross's birthday cake for you. See you soon.
Matthew

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger jordan2006 said...

Beats Scotland anyday, but looking forward to the cold weather not like here it's in the 30's every day!!!!!! hahaha

From Callum

 
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