“Lets go camping, it will be a good experience” my darling husband said… Ohh he doesn’t know me one bit does he?
This obsession with trying to get me to go camping has been going on since we first met and I always make an excuse or simply remind him that I am not a camping kinda gal. I’m not a super clean freak nor am I scared of every animal and bug, I just really like my home comforts. Honestly if I don’t have a cup of tea first thing in the morning I cannot function properly.
When Colin’s boss suggested that we join him and his family in a desert camp for one night I agreed, this is a smart and well traveled man so I trusted his advice more than I trusted Colin. I was apprehensive about the great outdoors but heck, you only live once right?!
I looked up the camp online for reviews, this is a standard practice for me while living here as other Expats can give you good advice on what to do, where to go and what to wear. I was surprised that the camp had a good website and then I read the best bit….they have a swimming pool….in the desert! Yipeee, that was the turning point for me, maybe I could survive one night in the desert, I would have a proper bed after all…
We head off in our three car convoy and drive about 2.5 hours out of Muscat towards this camp and we stopped where the black tarmac meets the sand. The guys let some of the air out of their tires for better sand driving, don’t ask me I just sit in the car and eat Pringles.. Then the drive continued (yes I did moan alot in real life too, put me on the beach for 3 hours and I am super happy, but in a car for 3 hours I am cranky and end up like a 6 year old chanting “are we there yet?”)
Anyways, fast forward, we drive over ALOT of sand and luckily we follow Rolfs car as he knows where to go, everything looks the same to me. And we finally arrive at the camp after another 45 mins of driving.
You wouldn’t find this place if you didn’t know where you were going:
So we check in and find our way to our tent for the night, we were staying in the “Arabic Tent”, which is basically just a tent, single beds and a toilet shared between 20 odd people. It was very basic but comfortable enough for one night.