Fairly regularly I do something embarrassing, not deliberately, by complete accident and it has the people around me in stitches of laughter. Usually they are laughing at me and not with me.
Of course I am mortified to recount these tales but I do love to make people laugh so I’ll let you in on a little story that left me extremely red faced recently.
**Before I start I would just like to make clear that I am not in the habit of doing this, it was a complete accident.**
Being a regular visitor to Wadi Shab I know the area pretty well so when I heard a whipser that there is an further/secret hike near the end I was intrigued, I had never seen any other way to go. Had I walked past it all these times?
Deep inside the Wadi near the last few pools I saw a man taking a path up the right edge of the rock and high above the swimmers below. “This must be it, he must know where to go” I thought to myself as I followed his route. I could see my brother floating in the water below as I set off to find this new hike.
Trudging higher and higher up the rocks to follow this man he seemed a bit uneasy at me being behind him, he sped up to try and put some distance between us. By this point we were really quite high on the cliff above the water. As I didn’t want to get lost up here on my own I sped up to find him again. It was just me, him and the great outdoors.
As I turned the next corner there he was…..pulling his trousers up with a horrified look on his face.
At that point it had become very obvious that this man needed a ‘quiet moment’ and was trying to find a quiet place away from the crowds to have a poop, he wasn’t leading me to some secret hike at all.
Mortified and not sure what way to go now I peered over the cliff edge and shouted down to my brother who was a small figure in the water below “Can I jump from here?!”, he roared out a massive NO and made an X with his arms. Ah crap.
Scuttling back down the rocky terrain “how about from here?!” I pleaded desperate to get down. “NO!”, was his quick answer. Rightfully so as there were several rocks under the water but I was just keen to find a safe place to make my escape before I had to see Mr Outdoor Pooper again.
Eventually I made it back to ground level and made my very speedy exit.
So, Sir, if you are reading this then I wholeheartedly apologise. I promise that I am not a complete weirdo and it was an accident. I would have apologised on the day but that maybe would have just dragged things out a little longer.
It certainly gave us something to laugh about on the way home.