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Desert Safari - The Dunes [Nov. 15th, 2005|06:21 am]
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First off... I SAW SHARKS!

I saw (and swam with) maybe three little reef sharks last week, in Fujairah. They were SO cute, and made me really wish I already had my Nikon Coolpix 7900 with underwater case, so I could show you their cute dorsal fins and sharky maws.

The first shark I saw (it was about 2 feet long), I chased around the shallow part of the island, until he caught up with an identical shark and they lost me. Later I saw another one, and I tried to chase him toward Don and our visiting Swede, Peter, until the shark caught on to what I was doing and vanished. (Sharks are really fast, if you didn't know.) I spotted another one (or possibly the same one) but nobody was around for me to show him off to, but! A few minutes later, Don and I saw a shark at the same time, and we followed him for a little while until he lost us.

We harbored the Swede for a little over a week. He left this morning, but we did a lot of Dubai-centric things the last few days, including snorkeling at Snoopy Island, a "booze cruise" along the creek, a million visits to the beach, stops at Karama and the Spice Souk, and a desert safari by Arabian Adventures (partner of the eternally rockin' Emirates Group) which included shisha, a tasty feast, henna bodyart, a belly dancer, a camel ranch, and about 90 minutes of off-roading over sand dunes.


Here you can see the deflated tires for sand-trekking.


This is what a GMC Yukon looks like in the desert.


I took these pictures out the window of our vehicle during a pause.


It was impossible to take pictures while we were moving, but you might get the idea.


This used to be a fence.


Don and Peter (the Swede) enjoy the view from a high dune.


I love the way the desert looks. This is maybe 45 minutes from where we live.


"It looks like a Pink Floyd album cover," said Peter of this picture.


The off-roading lasted until nearly dark.


Then everybody got out to watch the sunset.


Oh, there it goes!

I'll try to post more pictures soon - I have an incredible backlog. My little brother is due back at Jebel Ali port tomorrow morning, and I'm hoping we'll wreak all kinds of havoc.

I'm still reading my friends list but haven't had much time for commenting - I'm still following your stories, and I'll be back and commenting before long. Hugs and kisses, you guys!
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From: synthesoid
2005-11-14 09:55 pm (UTC)

about peter

from that picture, he looks like he could be my brother.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-14 10:08 pm (UTC)

Re: about peter

Funny.. he reminded me of the same guy you reminded me of! (That being my friend and ex-boyfriend, Bryan.)
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[User Picture]From: indianasweetie
2005-11-14 09:57 pm (UTC)
i love your posts and your pictures.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-14 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: _lackof_passion
2005-11-14 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh wow.
Very cool!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-17 12:46 am (UTC)
It was fun!
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[User Picture]From: givethesignal
2005-11-14 11:52 pm (UTC)
That's gotta be the coolest (if not most hardcore) picture of the TMBG "NO!" T-shirt ever.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-17 12:55 am (UTC)
More hardcore than this one? =D
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[User Picture]From: givethesignal
2005-11-17 02:04 am (UTC)
... Almost.
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[User Picture]From: starkodama
2005-11-15 01:36 am (UTC)
Great pics as always!!!! =D
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-17 12:47 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: veranationgirl
2005-11-15 12:44 pm (UTC)
SNOOPY! SHARKS! BOOZE!...oh my goodness too much to name in one day lol...love it though.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-17 12:48 am (UTC)
Hahaha =)
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2005-11-15 09:19 pm (UTC)
Wow, sharks in Fujairah! If you don't mind me asking, how did you organize that trip? I'm visiting Dubai next month and that's something I would be interested in doing, unless of course it requires scuba experience or anything of that kind. Bloody awesome though! Too bad there are no pics...

>Nikon Coolpix 7900 with underwater case
does every camera have an underwater case or is this camera special?

Wikked fotos from Desert Safari... haven't done it in many years! There's something intriguing about the emptiness of the dunes. There were a bunch behind my highschool in Oman and I remember wondering how crazy it was to feel so lonely yet so close to civilization when walking over them.

Love the posts w/ pics. :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-17 12:53 am (UTC)
That camera is special - only certain cameras have them.

The Fujairah trip was organized by us. Snoopy Island is the easist spot to access w/o a boat or anything, since it's just a few meters from the shore. We just drove over to Fujairah (just start driving east from Dubai and follow the signs to Fujairah) and paid for the use of the beach.

If I'm in town, I'm sure we can take you there. If you've got a car, you can follow us - it takes less than 2 hours from Dubai.
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2005-11-22 06:17 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, lucky you! ;)

Wow, that's amazing. Unfortunately I don't drive yet but that's something I'll keep in mind when we get there. I can't wait to visit Dubai. dubaiwalla has supposedly captured me for an entire day... :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-28 09:15 am (UTC)
Oh! I didn't realize you don't drive... well, I'm sure we can work something out! If we can't squeeze you into our car (and maybe we can), maybe somebody else with a car would like to go (dubaiwalla, I wonder?) and we can caravan.
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2005-12-03 02:46 am (UTC)
I think dubaiwalla is indeed interested after you mentioned something to him last night! Hope you enjoyed the karaoke and it's less than 3 weeks still I arrive in Dubai. :D

Will you be there anytime during 21-25 December?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-11-17 12:56 am (UTC)
Whoa, thanks! Actually, I feel really lucky sometimes. I like my life - I don't know what I did to deserve it.
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