Although you guys got a sense of the desert safari trip from this video I made, I decided a few more pictures couldn’t hurt. We began the adventure in the back seat of a land rover driving through the dunes. I mention where we were sitting, because like a bus or a plane, the back was the worst (or best) place to be. When our driver floored it over the top of a dune and landed on the two front tires we had to brace ourselves for an ugly bump when the tires underneath us finally touched ground. With the tight grip of our hands, we held our bags prisoner. With the slightest lightening of our grip they flew up to the ceiling, and if we weren’t paying attention, so could our heads. I thought this whole experience was thrilling, but Kayla’s stomach begged to differ.
After the ride we made a stop and were greeting by a mysterious half spiderman half iron man driving a four wheeler. He grabbed someone and drove up and down the dunes, perhaps even more dangerously than the land rover had, proceeding to pop wheelies and push the limit on balance. It took me about 4 minutes to decide I just had to do it. You can see a short clip of me riding it with him in that video I mentioned earlier. It was by far the highlight, (and dielight: the moment when you’re closest to death,) of my time in the desert. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
As I have ridden elephants in the safaris of Thailand, I have been waiting to go somewhere to ride a camel. Turned out that place was Dubai! The camels were taller than I imagined, and not too comfortable. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want to trek across a desert on one. (Just kidding, if I got that chance I would just sacrifice my butt, endure the pain, and trek across that desert!)
The rest of the trip included watching the sun set, henna, belly dancers and (surprise, surprise) a buffet of delicious food.
If you haven’t checked it out, watch my Desert Safari Video so that you can get a real feel for what it was like.
And that just about wraps up my posts about Dubai. From now on it’s all snow, skiing, camping and other awesome things in Norway! (Until, of course, I reach my next destination 🙂 )