Saturday, July 6, 2013

July 5th and 6th

This weekend resembled a scene out of a movie. On Friday morning,  our 40 person caravan drove in 10 4x4s. We drove up the mountain range near jabal shams, one of the highest points in Oman. On the way, we stopped in a little village, where we hiked down to a spectacular view overlooking a canyon. We then got back into our cars and drove to one of two resorts in the area, where we had lunch, complete with Indian food and ice cream. We then got back into our cars and drove to our final destination. On the way, the views were amazing, but also scary, as the only way to get up the mountains on the roads, was by cars with 4 wheel drive. When we finally arrived, the temperature was so refreshing; 23 degrees Celsius! We slept in a Bedouin style tent and I was able to run freely for the first time since I got to Oman. We had lunch together outside and it was a great experience.

The next day, we got up for a morning hike and walked to the point overlooking many canyons. The rock across was chiseled and from our view point, the depth perception was extremely off, making it difficult to figure out the distances. On our way back to the hotel, I ran into a few goats, who just stared and then started trotting towards me. I didn't wait to find out what they were interested in. On the way back down the mountain, we stopped at a rock that had writing and pictures from over 5,000 years ago. Next, we headed to the Jabreen castle, where Imam Bil Aurub resided. Each room serve a purpose. When we went into the room that was used to store ripening dates, a bat flew over my head and of course we left that room immediately. After a picnic lunch outside, we arrived at our apartments and continued to do homework for the rest of the day. It was an adventurous weekend, but well worth the trek. 

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