Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Heading West


We left our Kasbah in the Sahara, following rutted dirt tracks in the hard-packed desert, following vague directions towards another lake where we hoped to glimpse flamingos, perhaps our last chance.
We never did find the pink birds, but the white camel was pretty cool.


Our landscape for a while...


...then all of a sudden, the magical gates opening onto a camp and the sand dunes appeared..


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... a veritable fortress...


... and a cattle egret.


The camels and their drivers, getting ready for another day at work...


...and make it safely past our off-road-beast.


Berber camp en route... looking for the paved highway.


Wouldn't want to break down here anywhere.


Annnd, we're golden!


Stopped here, hoping to try some camel milk or cheese, but no luck. Thought about buying honey, but not yet... still a lot of miles to go.


Our route westward took us south of the road we traveled when we first moved towards the desert, and again, it was fascinating to watch the terrain change...


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...and by late afternoon we were definitely heading into the mid-Atlas range.



Our drive of only a few hundred km's took us all day... so finally we stopped just to get out and stretch our legs... and then had to keep going to find a place to stay the night...


Water really is a magical compound... this palm forest looks so lush compared with what we'd seen for the past few days.



Finally, we reached a small town...


...and started the hunt for a place to lay our heads.

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