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Camping under stars of Sahara among highlights

Really enjoyed the camel ride but not sure the feeling was mutual

Really enjoyed the camel ride but not sure the feeling was mutual

They were so polite; the macaques would hold their hands out but were not grabby at all

They were so polite; the macaques would hold their hands out but were not grabby at all

One of the best dinners of the trip was the one we enjoyed out in the Sahara

One of the best dinners of the trip was the one we enjoyed out in the Sahara

Can't imagine the toughness required of the traders in the past who took camel caravans across the Sahara

Can't imagine the toughness required of the traders in the past who took camel caravans across the Sahara

My camel thought the camera was a snack; he really liked having his head scratched

My camel thought the camera was a snack; he really liked having his head scratched

Lee led the group in treks up the high sand dunes

Lee led the group in treks up the high sand dunes

Our fun group with our tour leader on the far left

Our fun group with our tour leader on the far left

I tried to bond with my camel but I think the camel had other ideas

I tried to bond with my camel but I think the camel had other ideas

Every now and then we would come across an oasis with date palms and other crops; the contrast with the surrounding area was stark

Every now and then we would come across an oasis with date palms and other crops; the contrast with the surrounding area was stark

We lucked out by having a terrific tour group; everyone got along well

We lucked out by having a terrific tour group; everyone got along well

Males can live 25 yrs and females 30 years; unlike other macaques, males play an active role in rearing young

Males can live 25 yrs and females 30 years; unlike other macaques, males play an active role in rearing young

We wondered what the sheep ate and where they found water in these barren parts of Morocco

We wondered what the sheep ate and where they found water in these barren parts of Morocco

The Middle Atlas Mountains stretch 350 km; they get enough snow in the winter that there is even a ski resort

The Middle Atlas Mountains stretch 350 km; they get enough snow in the winter that there is even a ski resort

The Intrepid itinerary talked about the scenic drive through the countryside; Ha!

The Intrepid itinerary talked about the scenic drive through the countryside; Ha!

Sleeping under the stars in the Sahara was one of the highlights of the trip

Sleeping under the stars in the Sahara was one of the highlights of the trip

Barbary macaques are an endangered species found only in the Atlas Mtns of Morocco and Algeria plus some in Gibraltar

Barbary macaques are an endangered species found only in the Atlas Mtns of Morocco and Algeria plus some in Gibraltar

Don't even want to think of being here in the summer

Don't even want to think of being here in the summer

Group gathering for welcome tea at our camp

Group gathering for welcome tea at our camp

The camels were all healthy and seemed to be well-treated

The camels were all healthy and seemed to be well-treated

Dangers to the macaques are dogs and poachers who sell them as pets

Dangers to the macaques are dogs and poachers who sell them as pets

The group climbed the dunes to watch the sunrise

The group climbed the dunes to watch the sunrise

Most of us slept outside under a million stars

Most of us slept outside under a million stars

The desert camp was pretty basic but did have a sit down toilet and a little running water

The desert camp was pretty basic but did have a sit down toilet and a little running water

The Sahara Desert is about the same size as the US (3000 miles long by 1200 miles wide)

The Sahara Desert is about the same size as the US (3000 miles long by 1200 miles wide)

Posted by VagabondCowboy 09:46

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