The Bedouin Way
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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After a breakfast of hard bread and za-atar (a mixture of local herbs that grows wild in the desert mountains, we set off into the desert. The camel has been replaced by 4WD vehicles. Faster, but less reliable. But today we had less passengers and no touring and pit stops, so we went much much faster! In the sand, the ‘seina’ handles much like it would in the snow - slipping and spinning with every rise and turn it made. The smell of gasoline ever present in the cabin as we swerved through the sandy desert.
Too windy at the top, we trekked back today and gathered a few little scraps of wood to made a desert fire to make some sweet Bedouin tea and warm bread for lunch. But we weren’t the only ones to enjoy some refreshment. The truck got a good litre and a half of water, and we were told that ‘sometimes he drinks tea…without sugar’.
Refreshed, Sienna was able to take us over to a canyon to walk through, and then it was
So there was lots of time for another walk. I just wanted to head out into the desert. Walking along the sand dunes watching the shadows stretch longer and longer as the sun retreated from the mountains was so peaceful.
But the desert isn’t finished with it’s beauty. So far removed from modern civilization and electricity, the stars are bright and beautiful. So I sit and wait, as more stars that I could possibly hope to count in 3 lifetimes light up the sky. One, by one, by one…