25.09.2015 - 26.09.2015 30 °C
Today was one of our favourite days so far.
After driving for a few hours from Midelt, stopping a couple of times to look at various sights such as a fossil gathering shop, we arrived at the edge of the Sahara. We road camels through the sand dunes, being lead by a singing Berber for about an hour. The dessert was warm and golden, the dunes rising and falling like small mountains. It was hard to grasp that we were actually in the Sahara, its grandeur greater than any camera can capture.
Once we were near the camp, we left the camels and scaled a giant sand dune to watch the sunset. Our climb started out confidently enough, only for us to finally crawl (I wish I was joking) over the cusp. It was all worth it in the end, as the sunset, which we all watched in silence, was phenomenal.
After the sun had set, we ran and jumped down the side of the dune. If it isn't already on your bucket list, it should be. We were all laughing hysterically, feeling weightless as we sunk into the sand.
Dinner was tagine served with bread and olives. This was of course followed by mint tea and a fruit platter. The night seemed to be ending the way it always did, with card games and a few drinks, when Sam and Jake, a fellow Australian on the tour, had the "brilliant" idea to raid the other geckos (tour company) camp. So off we went, trekking through the desert at midnight. Moh was in tow to guide us to the other camp, I was there to laugh at Sam, and Ro, another tour member from Mexico, was there to walk through the desert at night and take photos of the ridiculous Australians. The only problem being, our desert guide had told Moh the incorrect camp, so we walked in on a bunch of sleeping 50 year-olds. Luckily, only their tour guide woke up. We all rushed away, trying not to laugh...
Once back at camp, we pulled our mattresses outside to sleep under the stars.
We were woken in the morning by our desert guide offering us mint tea in bed. It was still pitch black when we mounted the camels once more to watch the sunrise over the Algerian border. I then decided to walk so that I could feel the sand between my toes one last time.