With our two rugs in tow, we hit the road with Yahia and bid farewell to the Dades Canyon. The landscapes quickly changed to desert. The colors were striking, with mountains on one side and flat, flat dryness on the other.
We finally arrived to our camp spot in the late afternoon which was situated right at the foot of the dunes. Driving up to the dunes, they rise out of the desert unexpectedly and during the day as the sun moves, the shadows and light on the dunes move and play with the colors. They are just simply astounding.
We were staying in Berber tents for the two nights in Erg Chebbi. Our tents were, well let's just say they were a little rough. There was about a foot of space between the bed and side of the tent, so once we got our bags in the tent, there really wasn't any room to even stand. One of the more entertaining moments of the trip was watching Ben furiously brush sand off of the bottom sheet in his boxers in the freezing cold night. It is quite difficult to brush sand out of the desert! We threw our bags in the tent and then hiked into the dunes for our first of two sunsets.
We marveled at how big the moon looked, the colors in the sky, the lines of sand, and the way shadows were moving over the sand.