Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco, October 3, 2007
Trip Start Sep 19, 2007
85Trip End Jan 05, 2008
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These cedar forests are inhabited by begging Barbary Apes, the same creatures that live on the Rock of Gibraltar and are actually a species of macaque monkey. My new macaque friends in the chilly green hills were quite fearless of me as I fed them pieces of apple while taking their photos
The night was supposed to be our first bush camp, but the clean bathrooms and neat adobe-line buildings in traditional styles at a roadside campground called Complexe Touristique Timnay Inter-Cultures were more than we could resist. This was the first of our many hotel campsites on this tour, places we set up our tents in the courtyard, parking lot, or grassy lawn within the walled compound of a hotel or inn and had access to a toilet and (sometimes) shower in the hotel. The rumors about a licensed restaurant and bar at this Moroccan-Belgian joint venture were also enticing, but Gordy and I soon discovered to our disappointment that the bottle of wine we bought at the bar after our camp dinner was the last alcohol in the place until stocks could be replenished after Ramadan ended in a week.