MOROCCO MONDAYS | CAMEL TREK THROUGH THE SAHARA DESERT

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The Sahara Desert | MoroccoCamel trekking through the Sahara Desert was one of our Morocco highlights. The desert is just plain gorgeous. And one of our guides was a young boy who reminded me of The Little Prince. Whenever I saw him roaming over the dunes I wanted to warn him about the snake.
camel trek sahara, morocco camel trek
Camels, by in large, are not pretty animals. They are also incredibly smelly. And their bowel movements are constant, like giant rabbits. See all those “pebbles” in the photo above? Yep, camel poop. It was everywhere. But I loved their colorful blanket saddles. I loved Warren’s turban even more. He had to protect his precious albino skin somehow. 
camel trek sahara, morocco camel trek
camel trek sahara, morocco camel trek
It is nearly impossible not to get good photographs out in the Sahara Desert. Everything was a lesson in contrasts–shadow and sun, soft dunes and crisp sky. I call this one The Spine of the Sahara. 
camel trek sahara, morocco camel trek
camel trek sahara, morocco camel trek
My camel was at the rear of the caravan. He loved to come untied from the group. Instead of doing anything, he would just stand still as the caravan proceeded without us. This is me desperately hailing for help. This happened a good four or five times. So many times, in fact, that I came up with my very own aphorism: A camel stands still when it is not being led. So wise, right? 
camel trek sahara, morocco camel trek
We didn’t trek very long on the camels–maybe an hour and a half–but by the end we were sore. Camels don’t so much walk as lurch into the dunes, like a ship’s prow sinking into and out of a massive wave during a storm. We made it to the Berber camp in time to see the sun disappear and to scrabble up the dunes. That’s a lot of hard work, as we learned scaling Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan last summer.
camel trek sahara, morocco camel trek

Way down below is our camp.

camel trek sahara, morocco camel trek

We spent the evening playing music with our guides and salivating as we waited for dinner to cook. By the time it was ready, it was pitch black and we were starving. It was possibly the best meal I’ve ever had–funny how hunger can do that.

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We got to sleep in Berber tents, which nomads used as they traveled their trade routes. Our tent was a sturdy structure made out of branches and heavy blankets. Our sand mattress was surprisingly comfy and cozy–like sleeping on memory foam.

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We rose early enough to catch the sun rise. The trip back to civilization was long and even more painful but after spending the night in the desert and witnessing such beautiful scenes, it was entirely worth it. And we will most likely remember the camel trek as the most memorable wedding anniversary we’ll have.

Maybe that’s kind of sad since we’ve only been married for three years and look forward to having many more anniversaries to come, but I’m okay with it. Best to peak early, just as I did in fifth grade when I was at the height of my smarts, looks, and general popularity.

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Next week I’ll take you around Chefchaouen, my absolute favorite place we visited in Morocco. You’ll see why when you see the pictures. Until then, here’s a final shot of my camel doing a whole lot of nothing while we wait to join the caravan. Again.

camel trek sahara, morocco camel trek

If you missed any stops along the way, check them out below!
The Great Spain/Morocco Adventure Recap

-Game Plan/Travel Itinerary for MoROCK’n It
-The Adventure Begins at a Brooklyn Wedding
-Getting Hustled By Snake Charmers in Marrakesh (The Red City)

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If you missed any stops along the way, check them out below!
The Great Spain/Morocco Adventure Recap

-Game Plan/Travel Itinerary for MoROCK’n It
-The Adventure Begins at a Brooklyn Wedding
-Getting Hustled By Snake Charmers in Marrakesh (The Red City)
-Falling in Love with Gorgeous Chefchaouen (The Blue City)

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more at:
http://clubnarwhalblog.com/2013/07/chefchaouen-blue-city-morocco/?showComment=1373979541670#c6937190071981921963

If you missed any stops along the way, check them out below!
The Great Spain/Morocco Adventure Recap

-Game Plan/Travel Itinerary for MoROCK’n It
-The Adventure Begins at a Brooklyn Wedding
-Getting Hustled By Snake Charmers in Marrakesh (The Red City)
-Falling in Love with Gorgeous Chefchaouen (The Blue City)

– See
more at:
http://clubnarwhalblog.com/2013/07/chefchaouen-blue-city-morocco/?showComment=1373979541670#c6937190071981921963

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Comments

  1. says

    It's hard to grasp the size of these dunes. They were hundreds and hundreds of feet tall.

    In the picture of our camp site the mountains in the background are part of the Algerian-Moroccan border.

    • says

      Thanks, Erica! I thought the new tagline was a better fit than before. And Warren's albino skin…we were at the lake the other day and he wore his towel like a turban. I guess he learned a few things in the Sahara:)

  2. says

    Desert landscapes are just stunning! I've up till now only seen the Namib desert and that is beautiful! You took some stunning pictures!

    • says

      Thanks, Shannon! We wanted to go with Omar but he was booked solid. Luckily there were about a million similar tours and we were able to experience the Sahara in such a cool way ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

    • says

      Thanks, Rachel! Truth be told, I was a little hesitant about the camel riding part (I initially thought we would be on camels for three days–luckily it was only a little bit:). It was a blast!

  3. says

    These photos are amazing! It all seems so magical and majestic. I don't think I could bring myself to spend the night in the desert, but I'm sure it was totally worth it!

  4. says

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! What a great experience and a memorable way to spend an anniversary. I'm always fascinated with deserts and really love that Spine of the Sahara picture. I'm a bit apprehensive with the whole camel riding thing but it looks fun though. Thanks for visiting my blog and looking forward to following your adventures too.

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