The kids wanted to go to the desert for a bbq (so did their mom!), and we knew just who to call: Uncle Dewald! He and Martin are our desert experts - dune bashing, braai-ing (South African BBQ), bonfire, even coffee!
I found some boerewors (and I can even pronounce it!), hot dogs, and marshmallows at the grocery store. Throw in a few chairs and sand toys, and we're good! Everyone brought something to share, and we spent the evening around a man-made oasis in the middle of the desert. Yes, Dubai has a waterline to fill ponds and water trees in the desert!
There were about 20 of us - and no one got stuck! I know that disappointed a few guys! We drove 20 minutes out to the desert, deflated the tires a bit, and rode the dunes! Then we set up camp, played a bit, BBQ'd, roasted marshmallows, drank some coffee without milk (forgotten!), pulled Julia away from the fire (we thought she was burned, but it was just a bad scratch - silly girl!), cleaned up, and headed back to the road. At the asphalt, we aired up the tires and drove home - sandy, tired, but happy to have friends to spend a evening with under the stars!
|Uncles Dewald and Martin|
|Setting up the camp site|
|Jolee and Julia and their sand toys|
|Mavey and Saige taking a walk|
|What? I can't eat it?|
|Aunt Yvette and Saige|
|Those of us not dune bashing - relaxing!|
|Geraldine, Yvette, and Katelin|
|Justin and his visiting family|
|Getting ready to bbq|