Before we moved to Saudi, we bought all new camping gear as we really want to explore the desert and camping is a good way to see the country. We bought a decent sized tent, but not until we opened it and set it up did we realize just how fabulous it is! It's tall enough to stand in and has room for a queen air mattress AND a twin mattress and there is still room left over! It was a brilliant purchase and was aptly named the 'Taj Mahal' of tents by our fellow campers. And, of course, there was room enough for the world's largest Angry Bird that just had to come camping with us.
Look at this topography. So many times, it feels like we are living on the moon. The shark's teeth were on the bottom of the wadi (like an empty riverbed) and these hard stones and fossilized flint were on the top part. The photo from the top of this post is of what I like to call a desert backbone--the place where the wind creates a small peak from both sides. They are awesome in the truest sense of the word, and the ripples in the sand are even more beautiful in person.
Before we headed home, Sojo and I did a bit of dune climbing. The sky was impossibly blue. Like, when I downloaded the photos, I could not believe my little camera captured how piercing the blue was.
Camping in Saudi is great fun so far. However, we hear that the camping window is closing soon as the shamal (sandstorm) season is approaching. Darn--we were hoping to head out and find some sand roses soon! Maybe we can squeeze one more in...