Welcome to Khasab, OmanA few weekends ago we (I acually) decided to go camping. The kids and I had bought Chris a tent for Valentine's Day so we would have no excuse not to go. I was wanting to go to Musdandam, Oman before it got too hot, so when a friend said they were wanting to go also, we decided right then on the date and started making plans. Being amateur campers, our plans took shape a few hours before we left. Some things, such as charging the latern battery, never actually got taken care of! Thankfully, our friends, who were doing their shopping when we were supposed to be already on the road, bought an extra lamp. Ronwyn and Yvette and Andre decided to join our adventure. Chris had to work late (or did he really not want to go?) so we were to meet him along the way. We headed out of Dubai on a Thursday late afternoon in a sandstorm (see, we planned really well!). Thursday is like the rest of the world's Friday - busiest time of the week. We only made a few wrong turns since the signs weren't very visible - we were in a sandstorm, and the exit signs are posted at or after the exits here! Chris called - he is finally out of traffic but I have his passport so we have to wait for him at the UAE/Oman border. We wait outside the razor-wired border on the side of the road in the Middle East. Andre brought out the Duncan Donuts he had brought for breakfast, I found some Cokes and grapes.
Andre and the rest of his donutsThe locals are trying to ignore us but are happy to sell us some firewood at a huge profit. Chris arrives and we make it across the border. We have to stop twice, pay money, fill out forms, show proof of insurance, but they have a women's restroom so all is okay (as long as you remembered to bring your own toilet paper!). Our destination is Khasab, Musandam in Oman - camp on the beach - no one has been here before - it is dark, etc. We drive to Khasab - find the beach I "read about in a travel book" - it is like pavement. Turn around, drive back to where someone "saw" another tent on a beach. It takes a while, but we finally found a nice, sandy beach with a public toilet (Persian style). We pitch the 3bedroom+living room tent for the first time at around 1am, eat ham sandwiches and go to bed. Andre had lent his tent to Ronwyn and Yvette, so he gets our living room.
Late night ham sandwiches on the beach
The tide is still coming in and Yvette is sure it will get them, so they get up and move their tent! I never knew the waves could be so loud! I think I finally went to sleep, only to be woke up by excited children ready to play and eat more donuts. Someone (everyone actually) forgot to bring coffee.
Jolee with her black eye
Katelin on the beach
Julia enjoying the sand
Jolee the ballet dancer
Beach funWe played and swam all morning, BBQ'd hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch, played Bananagrams all afternoon, walked on the beach, applied sunscreen often, had a wonderful, relaxing sandy day. Andre headed home for work.
Naptime for Julia
Matthew playing on the beach
Julia doing some yoga
Yvette and the little girls
Timothy thinkin' up some Bananagram words
Chris winning, again!
Macey lovin' on her daddy
Matthew contemplating his next move
Men at work
Dinner cooked by torchlight (flashlight)
Rolling in the sand in the dark
Katelin roasting marshmellows
Macey enjoying the gooey marshmellow
Timothy and Matthew
Yvette set up the tripod, opened the shutter of the DSLR camera and gave the kids a lantern to play with. She got some awesome shots, and we all had fun watching the kids and seeing the results in picture form. We all remarked on how nice a cool it is tonight compared to the first night. We hit the sack early because the plans are to go out on a dhow boat to see the fjords tomorrow, hopefully snorkel and see some fish.
Shutter moves by Matthew!
Matthew enjoying the sea