In Casablanca there wasn’t much to see except the 3rd largest mosque in the world. It was beautiful; everyone but Rhys, Toby and I, skipped out on going inside, and decided to spend a few hours walking around the city.
|Our new Family|
|First Free Camping|
The next day 3.23.2012, we met with Rashed our guide, and he took us to a kasbah that was built in the 14th century, it’s in the town of Mahadid. Afterwards we drove to the edge of the Sahara. We had a few hours to chill and wait until 3pm. At 3pm we all got our camels and took off on a two and a half camel trek into where the Berber tents are. I named my camel Bob Marley… He was black, chill and his hair was dreaded up. It was a lot of fun, but I have to admit 2 ½ hours on a camel makes my boys (balls) feel like Tiger Woods (when he was good) teed them up and hit them with his 1 wood. On this camel trek the weather decided to rain. We were told it hasn’t rained in 7 months. I am not sure if this is a good thing on us, or it’s a curse of a Washingtonian. Either way it rained off and on for the next two days. That night we ate a local Berber meal, listened to drums by the fire and slept in their tents. I am sure this is all done for tourist, but it seemed very authentic. The next day half of us went back and the other half did another day. The other day was more camel trekking to the black sands and a night with the nomads… When they got back they said it was great, but no one slept that good.
|Toby and Rhys... my boys|
We left Dodes Gorge and drove most of the day to a free camp close to Ait Ben Haddam (this is the Casbah that Gladiator, Laurence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and about a dozen other movies were filmed)
We spent four nights in Marrakesh, the first night was our turn to cook. My partners Ben and Steph decided to spent the night in the city, so I was solo until Rhys and Toby decided to step up and help me. I was very grateful and we cooked Mushroom Carbonara. It poured down rain and the boys were troupers and we all cooked and cut in the rain. It was the group's favorite (well that's what they told us that is). The next day, 3 of us (Sarah, Nico and I) decided to go into town and stay in a hotel and get a good night sleep in a real bed. The hotel was awesome, about 30 meters from the main center. Let me tell you how insane Marrakesh is... You go to the center and you have hundreds of people trying to make a buck or scam you. They have snake charmers, henna artist, magicians, street performers, people selling teeth, hats and any possible item imaginable. If you take a picture of them they will try and charge a ridiculous amount of money for the photo. We stayed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, everyone else came in on Friday and Saturday. It was fun but, I was done and ready to move on by Saturday. All the vendors were hands on, grabbing, yelling and trying to make and scam as much money from you as possible. On Sunday we were told that we were heading back to Rabat to get Visas for Senegal, Guinea, and Ivory Coast. We will get Gambia and Guinea Bissau on route. Its very exciting because we were told we are going to be the first overland truck to attempt this route.
|On the set of Intersection|