Beach, Dune Blasting, Camel Rides, Tattoos...
Trip Start Sep 09, 2005
86Trip End Dec 23, 2005
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Later that afternoon I set off for my deep in the desert adventure
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting out of this trip, but I certainly wasn't prepared! When we stopped at, well, the end of the highway (it literally just ended and there was nothing but desert as far as we could see - all around) the driver let half the air out of all 4 tires, making it possible to continue to trek on, through the desert sand. We reached the dunes, typical of what you're probably picturing to be in the middle east, and began "dune bashing". This basically entailed flooring the gas and racing up the dunes, essentially vertical, launching off the top and landing - not so gracefully - into a tailspin down the other side of the dune. This is of course when the driver wasn't trying to balance (while laughing at my face covered in fear, a little sweat and erratic breathing I had going on) on the top of the dune - sideways - bringing the car to within inches of rolling sideways down these dunes at about 50 -60mph. I've jumped out of a plane, off an alp, a cliff, you name it - I've never had such prolonged fear of severe injury before! The sand is spraying up (like water) parallel to my side window, driver side wheels in the air - and we are skidding sideways down the dunes. And it continued for 40 minutes! Upon reaching our Boudin camp (which was actually the intended destination) I was happy to continue the journey with my camel!
All in all, Dubai was fantastic. The 'excursion' was fun - even if my heart didn't stop racing for a few hours. A few more days in this city would have been great, but I was looking forward to the changes Southeast Asia would bring.