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Friday, September 4, 1998
Aït Oudinar, Morocco
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Aït Oudinar, Morocco:
Latitude: 31° 31' 15" North
Longitude: 5° 55' 50" West
Altitude: 4936 feet
From Seattle: 6278 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Hôtel La Gazelle du Dadés

Today's Travel:
Country: Morocco
Region: The Dadés Valley
Start: Aït Oudinar, Morocco
Stop 1. Berber Camp
End:Aït Oudinar, Morocco
Linear:4 miles
Weather: Sunny / Partial Sun

Available Photos:

Hills Dadés Valley, Morocco

Team Morocco '98 (+a few) Dadés Valley, Morocco

Berber nomad caves Dadés Valley, Morocco

Looking back down trail Dadés Valley, Morocco

Goat kid on blanket Berber camp, Dadés Valley, Morocco

Jen w/ kid on lap Berber camp, Dadés Valley, Morocco

Team Morocco in nomad's cave Berber camp, Dadés Valley, Morocco

Berber camp Berber camp, Dadés Valley, Morocco

High Atlas ridge Dadés Valley, Morocco

Side gorge Dadés Valley, Morocco

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 512
Linear Dist: 78844
Countries Visited: 35
Regions Visited: 148
More stats...
Hotels: 119
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 42
Hostels: 141
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1922

Journal Entry:
Got up relatively early (8:30) and caught a ride up to our "friends" (the guy who helped us on the taxi two days ago) hotel. From there we (Marian, Jen, James, James, and I) were joined by two Moroccans (Bazoo and Mohammed) and a French couple(Rudolph & Caroline) and we set off for a hike. The hike was amazing, straight up the side of the gorge and the views!

Two hours of fairly brisk hiking brought us to the destination, a Berber nomad camp. The residents were an older man, three women, two children, and a half dozen baby goats which were very cute, affectionate, and tame. The men were mostly off working with the camel and goat herds. While sitting outside if one of the goats decided it wanted attention it would just climb up on your lap and wait to be petted, really not much different from a cat (except they get eaten when they grow up). We were treated to tea (of course) and we hung out in and outside their cave. While we were there we got to watch them making bread and weaving. It was pretty amazing to realize that people still live like that, and happily too.

A few hours were spent hanging out at the camp, then it was time to head back. We took a side gorge and cut back straight to our hotel (again spectacular), and an hour and a half later we were back at the hotel.

The rest of the day was spent doing laundry (by hand, grrr), relaxing, and trying to motivate.

Our sanctuary has been invaded! A group of about ten French have checked in to our hotel. They've pretty much left our floor alone, but you can hear them, and the knowledge of their presence has taken a lot of the charm away. Tomorrow morning we are definitely on our way.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Morocco
CIA World Fact Book: Morocco

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