Banc D'Arguin Coast, Mauritania, Oct 17 - 18, 2007
Trip Start Sep 19, 2007
85Trip End Jan 05, 2008
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Well, with time to kill I decided to go for a dip in rather calm warm Atlantic waters. I had been in the water for perhaps twenty minutes and was feeling relaxed and about chest deep in the water when I suddenly noticed a large fin sticking up out of the water about 15 feet away and the same distance from the shore as I was
The drive along the beach and occasionally into the waves was great fun, especially since we took turn sitting in the roof seats for a 360 degree panoramic view and a fresh sea breeze through out hair. There was plenty more sand matting at dusk as Dave and Ben moved Daphne into the softer sand further up on the beach to get her above the high tide line to camp, an act of seeming busywork that had to be repeated again in the other direction in the morning, and then a third time to get the truck off the beach and onto a paved road. I'm afraid I'm notoriously poor on the whole "collective intelligence" type thing of knowing my role when working together with others, something that seems to come so easily to other people. Using sand mats to free a stuck truck is one such situation, where I certainly have the strength to move the heavy metal mats and the know how to place them but the presence of at least half a dozen people around me whom I have to work with to accomplish the task just scatters my brains
It was my turn to cook dinner on the beach that night, and something didn't seem just quite right as I was cutting up the meat I bought in Nouadhibou into little cubes for my Hungarian Goulash. Ahmed, our Mauritanian guide leading us through the Dunes of Doom, informed me that the meat sold to me as beef was most definitely camel. So I renamed my dish "Chameau Hungarienne", and unintentionally flambeed it when the foul Moroccan whisky no one would drink that I added to tenderize the meat caught fire. The camel meat's flavor was quite mild, and I could easily have been fooled into thinking I was eating beef had Ahmed not informed me otherwise.