Saturday, November 3, 2012

White Desert Camping

3 families, 7 kids, 2 deserts.

 First the black desert:

Emmett did everything this little girl, Sophie, told him to do.

Then we went to the white desert.  Which has whiter sand than the black desert.

And also some solid white rock formations.  One of the other fathers brought up the biblical story of Lot's wife looking back at Gomorrah and being turned into a pillar of salt.  These pillars weren't actually salt, but I could see where this legend might have come from-

The best part by far was just sitting around drinking wine while the kids ran around and did whatever they wanted. 


Some people don't need to drive eight hours to a remote desert in North Africa for this to happen, but that seems to be what it takes for us.

Here we see Alex and Thomas who got up before their parents were even awake to go sandboarding on the dunes.  

Here they return to camp in the dawn's early light for breakfast.

It was like having teenagers.

Then we got home to watery pictures of Hurricane Sandy in NYC.
I guess everyone reading this is by definition ok, but we're thinking of you.

Mohammed the driver earnestly suggested that my family should come to Cairo for a few weeks while New York recovers from the storm.  He doesn't know New York, but come anyway!      


Mom said...

Wonderful to see such warm yellow pictures, such sunny days, such happy kids all playing together in Biblical sands, the parents drinking wine which looks to me like 7up but whatever. Great photos and trip !!!

We just our power back in NYC. hot shower tonight...

Anonymous said...

i admire that LB is drinking out of a reusable bottle, and can see that the boys will be snowboarders. dont tell uncle Arthur!

arthur and maggie said...

This was a great posting. It appears you got a new camera which didn't get lost in the desert. And that was a funny line about the best part being that you could drink wine and not worry about the kids. That sandboarding looks pretty cool too, though those of us who have skied on sand like that better.

William Bradford said...

What extraordinary scenes! Is it Cape Cod? Where are the whaling ships?