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Dunes of Merzouga and Erg Chebbi via Camel, Morocco

Posted in Uncategorized by Cassandra on March 31, 2010

Merzouga, Morocco

3 days after leaving Marrakech, finally made it to the desert. The transitioning geography was fascinating and beautiful. Parts of it were incredibly similar to the high desert where I’m from. I called my father to tell him this on New Year’s day.

wind whipped

my ride for the next 2 days.

Carried out all of our own water. Berber guys watching the camp cooked hot tagine for dinner.

Stayed in a Berber rug tent. Woke up with a quarter inch of sand on the side of my head and in all of my stuff. The wind tore through the night before and unfortunately it was cloudy dusk till dawn.

I hiked barefoot up to the top of one of the dunes to lay down for a bit. My eyes adjusted and the moonscape was more visible,barely lit by the light filtering through the clouds. No sound carried, just the wind tearing through and reshaping the smaller dunes.

Woke before dawn to the grunts and growls of the camels. Left camp around 6am to make it around the huge dunes before sunrise. Was definitely worth it.

22 year old Berber guy wearing my jacket. He spoke fluent spanish with me, which he learned solely via tourists at his camp.

Too many words.

Made it out of the dunes after about 4 more hours on the beasts. Apparently it’s only 40 days on camel to Timbuktu from here. Maybe next time… at this point I was ready for some hard ground. A 12 hour drive straight back to Marrakech followed, which left my stomach emptied of its contents various times, me severely dehydrated, and gave me a raging hate for a particular Arabic rap cd, which the driver played the  e n t i r e  way back.

Was very happy to make it back to Marrakech and into a bed. Left for Rabat (the capital) a few days later to meet up with Lis & Drew. Photos to follow.