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Travel Blogs from Imlil
Up and awake a bit earlier today, ready to go and indulge over breakfast before a day in a 4x4 and the Atlas. Still a bit apprehensive as we don't know what to expect from the day, but I am sure it will be nice and different no matter what.
We made sure we were ready for 9.30am, but still no sign of the 4x4 or guide... so stepping out into the warming morning sun, we sat there and waited, some 15 minutes later a 4x4 pulls up, man gets out, porter tells us ...
... it's home made and served in the mountains. The rest of the evening was left for relaxing and four of us had played monopoly on my iPad. Because we are a guest in the home we couldn't drink or play bongos like in traditional hotels. I don't really have much to write about this place because it was a very chilled experience. However I am sure the pictures will speak volumes about the beauty of this small mountain ...
... a couple of sheep in their last kicking, dying throes, and fresh carcasses with small rivers of blood draining down the dirt driveways to puddle in the road below.
After almost a whole day of driving, we came to the town of Imlil. The terrain was radically different on this side of the mountain, with tree-filled valleys boasting beautiful deciduous fall color against a backdrop of dry and rocky desert hills. The town itself was clinging to the ...
... a regular sight as they headed down the mountain. At the top of Qr,ound (Armed) village, a left-side mule track rises steeply thro' walnut & apple orchards and barley fields.
We crossed the valley floor, broad and littered with stones and 2 cascading pools and followed a mule track right up to a large white rock, that we'd noticed some time back down the valley. A bit pooped and wondering how I'd cope with the rest, it was good ...
... to mess about with any mickey mouse peaks.. I wanted to take on the biggest!!!
Therefore, Jebel Toubkal became the target, the tallest mountain in Morocco... not only that, but the tallest mountain in North Africa!!!!
I think it's safe to say, we certainly weren't messing about!
It would involve a two day trek which was by no means as easy as the word "trek" might imply.. The first day being the "easier" of the two, me and Karen made our way upwards ...
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