Our day began early, breakfast at 7:30 am, we left to continue our journey through the Sahara Desert around 8 am. Like yesterday, we stopped periodically at cafes to buy water and for bathroom breaks, I was able to access the internet briefly at a couple of the cafes. Our first tour this morning was another Berber village, the tour started with agriculture, I cannot remember the specialty, there were olive trees, date trees and pomegranate trees. We then went into the village, visited a carpet maker and learned about the process of turning wool into a Moroccan carpet. At the end, one of the Canadians was pressured to make a purchase, a recent college graduate, he could not afford it, but there was a carpet he really wanted.
|Berber Village in the Sahara Desert|
|Lynnae in Berber Carpet Making Shop|
|View of the Sahara|
|Washing hands in Water during Sahara stop|
|Moroccan Fossils Sahara Desert|
|Tools used to excavate Fossils|
When we arrived at the camp site, we were told we had an hour before we got on the camels and began our 1.5 hour trek through the sand dunes to the camping site. They told us we could take a shower before the trek, there were none at the camp and we would not have time to shower in the morning before we departed, only a couple of people took showers. We were going to be in the hot sun going to the camp, in the sand, a shower at that point did not make much sense, I considered it, but like most of the others, I did not take one.
After an hour, we were assigned our camels for the long trek to the camp site in the middle of the Sahara Desert's sand dunes. A group of Brazilians at my hostel warned me, the camel ride was tiring and a bit uncomfortable, so there were no surprises for me. I was the 3rd person assigned a camel in the group, if I remember correctly. The camel was not too uncomfortable at first, it did seem a little tired, maybe not happy to have me on its back.
|Lynnae on Camel before trek into Sahara Desert|
|Lynnae before trek on Camel deep into Sahara desert|
|Lynnae atop Sand Dune in the Sahara Desert|
|Sunset over the Sahara Desert in Morocco|
|Lynnae at Sunset on Sand Dune in the Sahara Desert|
After the sunset we got back on the camels for the short trek to our camp for the night. The camp was basic, for sleeping and eating, no electricity, no toilets, just us and nature. A kerosene lamp provided light during dinner, we had chicken tajine, a traditional Moroccan dish. Tajine we had last night was probably the best I have had in Morocco, very flavorful. We relaxed, our Berber hosts played the drums, we drank mint tea, and enjoyed the atmosphere. I nodded off a couple of times, the Berbers called me Barack Obama, are you sleeping Obama? Sometimes they called me America, but Obama was the phrase used most often. I got this in Egypt too.
|Before Dinner Mint Tea|
|Berbers playing drums after dinner|
|Only light in the Camp|
Around 11:30 I went into the tent I was sharing with a Brazilian couple to get ready for bed. The Kerosene lamp went out shortly after I went into the tent. Some of the campers in our group slept outside, it was too chilly for me, I preferred the warm tent, and I hoped it would have less bugs than outdoors under the stars. Tomorrow we have a long journey out of the Sahara Desert and back to Marrakesh.
Day 2 in the Sahara Desert Photo Album