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Our first vacations travelling in an "expedition" vehicle turned out to be good training when we decided to start our world tour!
Marshland, four wheels stuck in the mud: no tree/winch, plus no rocks around equals... two hours' work! How did we get out of it? Martine found a big rock, Robert broke it with our sledge-hammer -- luckily not too far -- into smaller rocks which we then carried and placed against the wheels, making a path. Bardenas, Spain.
Limestone slabs tumbled down. Some are still capping clay cliffs, giving the tooth-shape formations seen in the background. Piskerra area, Bardenas, north of Spain.
Limestone protects underlayers of clay from rain erosion, thus forming chimney rocks, in central Bardenas.
Northern Bardenas.
Leaving the plateau to reach the "Plage Blanche" shore. Photo was taken right after the scary passage was successfully managed by Robert (some of it still visible on the right side of the picture).The "White Beach", so nicknamed by airplane pilot and author of The Little Prince Antoine de Saint Exupéry in the 1920's, was a useful landmark during night flights over Morocco before crossing the Atlantic to deliver mail in South America.
A flooded "oued" (wash) had washed out the concrete bridge. First, we sweated a bit while using our pick to soften the edge of this big step. Then, first low gear on, Robert is guided by Martine to prevent the right wheel from falling into a crevice. Heading towards the oued Draa mouth, Morocco.
Shovelling sand offers a nice workout... an unavoidable part of the learning process when beginners drive in treacherous... soft sand.
Morocco. Dades gorges and original clay buildings similar to ancient forts.
Morocco. Leaving the town of Rissani through its western door. Green varnished tiles are typical of the area.
Morocco. Last minutes of sunlight on Erg Chebbi. Soon after that, the stars will appear and the light will turn from orange-pink to bluish... the breeze will stop and a deep, peaceful silence will come upon us. Listen!
Atlantic coast north of Imsouane, Agadir Province, Morocco.
Reminding us of a giant dinosaur backbone, this stone "spine" stretches out for tens of km in South Morocco, surrounded only by sand or reg.
"Ksar", fortified village made of pisé (puddled clay). These "ksour" were built by populations from the South High Atlas mountains for protection against nomad tribes' attacks. Does it remind you of New Mexico or Arizona? South- eastern Morocco.
Setting up camp at sunset, Sahara, south-eastern Morocco.
What a wonderful way to illustrate contours! In the background, the whitish strip is an "Oued" or wash. Watch for the wash in case of a storm and never sleep in a washbed!