A Rocky Desert Stroll
When a coworker asked if I wanted to take a cruise out of the city and into the desert, my answer was immediate and second nature. I’d been thinking about getting out of the city limits that I’d confined myself to for weeks.
I had no idea what we were going to do there. I was told that there would be a common interest group of ex pats meeting. That was it.
After leaving the city and passing an area that resembled a scant suburbia, there was nothing but highway and desolation. About an hour passed before we found ourselves off the highway and in an area that was inhabited only by camels. The front-wheel-drive car barely made it over terrain that was really suited for a 4-wheel drive.
We came to an area where there were a bunch of ex-pats hanging out.
After shooting the breeze with a few others who are working in the Kingdom, it was announced that we’d be going on a hike. This made me both happy and excited. As we set off, I found it odd because I’d never hiked with a group of more than than 10 or 15 people. There were around 200 of us.
We hiked for a couple of hours, around a huge rock that’s called Faisal’s Finger. We went up, down, and around some rather rocky terrain. The rough surface of the two-hour stroll was nothing like my super-smooth desert hike in the Oasis of Huacachina.
I had my camera out for most of the time and managed the following shots:
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As it’s late September, the temperature has begun to come down. It’s now a fair deal cooler compared to a few weeks back when it was unbearable. The hot desert breeze was therapeutic.
It was a perfect day for a stroll in the rocky desert.