|A lone tree in the desert must be climbed!|
|Black rock desert - Sand dunes backdrop|
|Irrigation in the oasis|
After exploring by car, we got to explore on camels! A two hour ride through the dunes at sunset, out to a camp to spend the night. I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive about the camel ride, as I'm not a big fan of horses, and wasn't sure how I'd do, but I LOVED it! The camels are super slow and the ride was surprisingly smooth. It really did feel like I was riding a "ship of the desert". It was a meditative, mesmerizing experience.
|Off and running, errr..... walking!|
|I made friends with Shooma|
|Camping in the desert|
|The camels settling down for the night|
|Our camel guides also provided the after-dinner music and entertainment|
The next morning we were up early to catch the sunrise and ride back to the riad to continue the adventures.
|Sunrise in the desert|
|Algeria is on the other side of the plateau on the horizon|
|Camels are just cool!|
To be continued (again)....