Reaching the Mountains
Trip Start May 01, 2001
44Trip End Jun 30, 2001
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4 hours, 5.4 kms
After Bou Fekrane, the terrain continues to be flat for a bit longer--but we are getting closer and closer to the mountains... Then, suddenly the bus veers off to the right and up we go. Instantly the whole "feel" of the country changes--now there are pockets of pine forests here and there, jagged cliffs with mysterious caves--and even the houses with their angled tile roofs have a different--more European feel to them. The air is crisp and a sparkling, clean stream runs right through the center of town...
This looks like a very fun town to explore--on one side, the houses are pressed right against these rugged cliffs and caves... I try exploring a couple of caves, but they are all booby trapped with "organic land mines"... so I decide it isn't worth the risk... On the other side of town you come to a ledge where you get a great view of the vast Meknes valley below... Then there's a little pine forest on a steep hillside where you can follow a footpath to another section of town built along a steep hillside. From there you get another fantastic view of the valley.
It's all very Moroccan... but different, somehow... Folks are all bundled up in warm coats--even though this is still September...
And the tiled roofs... normally when you see tiled roofs in Morocco, you assume it's a building built by the French during the colonial period... but here, everyone has them. I wonder how that fits with Moroccan culure... See, flat roofs play an important role in Moroccan everyday life—they're used to scrub rugs, relax, and even host weddings. I notice that some of these buildings "cheat"--they look like tiled roofs on the front, but they're actually flat on top...
Great vibe, great old alleyways to explore, great views--overall, great time in El Hajib...