Desert Day 2

Trip Start Jan 22, 2011
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Trip End Feb 24, 2011


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On a dry river bed

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Friday, February 11, 2011

The next morning I woke and the dog had gone, but I immediately noticed the red glow in front of me emerging from over the dunes, so I bounced up and grabbed my camera. Again I got some great photos, but what I wouldn't do for a better lens at this moment.  

Breakfast was good.  We had boiled eggs and jam on toast.  We sat around the small fire huddled together not saying much but obviously enjoying the food!  The dog had come back so I sneakily gave him a chapatti and some water.

Now some of the group were leaving today whereas the rest of us (6) were staying for another day.  I was looking forward to getting deeper into the desert.  We said our goodbyes to those who were leaving then sat around for twenty mins or so while the guides packed up.  

Soon the 6 of us took off.  Now the next 30 minutes for me was the best of the whole two days we were guided through the sand dunes and now we really did feel like we were in The Sahara.  It was spectacular all we could see was dune after dune. The contrast between the blue sky and the yellow sand was magnificent!  I tried to get some pics while balancing on the camel but not sure how they will turn out.  It was extremely sunny also, and we were all wrapped up with scarves around our heads and faces.  What a sight!  Soon after setting off we began to trot which was a little weird at first as I nearly fell off.  When the camel trots you really have to hold on, so it's a lot harder than when it looks.  I must say it was fine at first, but we soon got very tiring and my thighs once again began to throb with pain.  Thankfully we stopped for a break after about half an hour or so and I was able to stretch off a little.  

To my disappointment we seemed to be going back the same way we came on the first day, albeit on a slightly different route.  Hmm…the scenery was once again shrubs and low lying trees, however, we did see some weird looking cactuses, oh and we were never far from the bloody wind turbines.  

Lunch was a peaceful time.  Again we stopped for about 3 hours and most of us slept.  It was nice sleeping under the shady trees.  And it was nice being in the smaller group.  

We set off again just after 3, legs still hurting but oh well.  Our plan was to end the day at some dunes, bigger and more impressive we were told, but as we all had overslept we were told it wasn't possible to get there in time.  So we were all a little annoyed!  Instead we headed towards a dry sandy river bed, which we were promised would offer a warmer nights sleep than before.  It was super hot now, and we all trekked on not saying anything, but concentrating on staying out of the sun.  The scenery had not changed and it didn't seem like it would.  Worse still it was obvious that we were simply doing a loop back to our starting point.  

We stopped at a watering hole for the camels, oh I forgot to say the cute dog had been following us all day.  I think maybe he wanted more food, anyway he enjoyed the watering hole along with the camels.  I should have taken a photo it was a funny sightseeing all the camels bums and the then the dog’s tiny bum sticking out at the end.  I think most people in our group and fallen for the dog, which the guides seemed to detest.  

We stopped again to get some camel feed, then made our way to our final camping place.  Now although a nice spot it didn't  match the spot we had the night before, so I think we were all kind of disappointed.  I should have stopped the tour after one night that would have been enough I think.  

The sunset wasn't great, neither was dinner and everyone seemed quiet, I guess disappointed like me.  Saying that the river bed was nice, and as the guide promised warmer than on the dunes. Arh we still had the dog! And it was funny as we were all trying to feed him without any of the guides seeing. Ha-ha and we succeeded! 
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