Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
Trip End Jun 28, 2009

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Today is my parents anniversary - 14 years! We drove from the desert to the High Atlas mountains, which took almost all day. On the way, we stopped to dig for fossils - they are everywhere. I saw all types of fossils - ammonite, root fossils, antropods - the whole place used to be covered by the ocean. I found a root fossil. That was cool.

We also saw a huge herd of camels, like maybe 100, right beside the road. The little baby camels were so cute. Tallulah named one of the camels we rode in the desert James Carlock, her boyfriend! Here are some Cool Camel Facts that I learned:


1. In Morocco, camels have one hump and are actually called dromedaries (but they still call them camels).
2. Camels have four stomachs where they store food to chew later.
3. Camels can survive 10 days without water and 40 days without food.
4. A camel's hump contains fat and water and other elements required to live. Camel herders touch the sides of the hump to assess whether a camel is ready for a long journey.
5. Camels are called "vessels of the desert" by the people of the Sahara.
6. Camel caravans always started out two hours before sunset, to avoid the heat of the day and to navigate by the stars.
7. All parts of a camel are used. Camels are used first for transportation. In the desert, they are more reliable than a 4x4. People also drink their milk, eat their meat, and use their skin and hair for tents and leather things.
8. Camels have three layers of eyelids and one of them is see-through, our transparent.
9. There are 150,000 camels in Morocco and the population is growing.
10. No camels are wild in Morocco because they are too valuable. Every camel is owned and watched by camel herders.
11. Riding a camel is so much fun! When they stand up or sit down, or go down hills, it is like being on a live roller coaster. Hang on!

We also stopped at a huge gorge where I met some boys who showed me how to throw rocks across the river. They were very nice. And we met a lady named Aisha that Khalid said lives in a cave up in the gorge. She was loading her donkey with water and a bag of rice and things to take back up to her family. I could not imagine living in a cave.

We had to change cars to a 4x4 and cross a river bed to get to the place we are staying in Skoura - it is an amazing old Kasbah. A Kasbah is sort of like a castle, but made of adobe - mud, straw, sticks and things. It is beautiful! We have our own little house - my Dad said it is the nicest hotel he has been to in his life. And I agree! We have two separate bedrooms, our own pool in our courtyard, another courtyard with a fountain, a huge bathroom with an outdoor and indoor shower, and a living and dining room, and a kitchen. After being in small hotel rooms, it is amazing to have so much rooom. I could live here! And right now, we are the only guests, so we can play in the garden (they grow all their own food) and swim in the big pool by the Kasbah all by ourselves. They served us dinner on the grass outside the Kasbah and we could watch the moon rise. They also have lots of fun games, like Scrabble and Monopoly. I like it here!
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