Medinah to AlUla, Saudi Arabia, December 27, 2022
We drove for 4 hours through-
This nothingness is starting to get to me. I’m glad there are only 5 days left. I’ve had enough of sand and hills.
The drivers can sniff out a restaurant because they like to eat all the time. Karen has to be constantly on them when we stop that it’s not time for lunch! They’re like a couple of kids but at least they’ve learned how to drive down hills! We usually pull into a truck stop that has fuel, a restaurant or two, a mosque that has toilets and one or more coffee shops. What a weird name for a coffee shop-
There are only 13 of us so there’s lots of room in the coach-
Lunch was the weirdest falafel but in a very tasty sauce. Everyone crowds together on platforms-
and they eat without utensils, using bread to pick up the food. I always use a spoon.
Carrying on we passed by an oasis-
We drove through some beautiful scenery. The rock formations are amazing-
Elephant rock opened at 4. It’s my favourite spot so far-
There were seating areas dug into the sand-
Bean bag type chairs-
and other sitting areas-
There was a burger restaurant and a coffee shop. All of a sudden my name was cast up onto one of the rocks-
It got darker-
and darker. The workers started lighting fires in the pits in the centre of the seating areas. It would be a great place to be on a warmer night-
Leaving the park-
We are camped for two nights in a walled compound with bathrooms and showers with hot water. It’s supposed to get down to about 4 tonight but it should be okay out of the wind. Tomorrow we have tickets for tours to Hegra and Dadan/Ikman. I forgot to look them up so I don’t have a clue what I’ll see!