Desert Camel Trek
Trip Start Nov 29, 2009
14Trip End Dec 20, 2009
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Riding camels through the desert made my bum sore, but was overall a good experience. The dunes looked like something out of National Geographic! Around 4pm we emerged from the resort and headed toward the camels. I asked the Berber workers to put on my headscarf and he put me on a camel laying down. He signaled my camel, told me to hold on and up the camel went!
The camels started the trek and we quickly became uncomfortable sitting on it. I feel like there has to be a more bottom friendly saddle for the camels. The saddles are put around the hump and there is a blanket on top of that, so we really are directly on the hump! On the way back, my saddle was a little wonky and all my weight automatically went to the front on the saddle. My camel was a little crabby (it freaked out when they later took me off to fix the saddle!) and I'm sure my uncomfortable weight distribution didn't help
A couple hours into the trek we came across our camp site. There were actually mattresses and blankets there too! We had at least a few hours on the campsite before dinner so we decided to climb up a sand dune. It got steeper every step and finally at some point we all just stopped going up farther. We lounged in the cool sand (it seeped into every bit of my clothing) and looked at the stars. We went back to the camp where the Berber were playing music and we were dancing around. The dinner was an eggy dish which was something new for our taste buds to feast upon.
The stars were absolutely phenomenal! So many more than in Chicago. We pulled our mattresses out of the tents and slept directly under the stars, best decision of the trip! I put feet and hand warmers on, snuggled up, and fell asleep under a blanket of stars.