Thursday, January 11, 2007

Wadi Bashing

Oman is blessed with wadis and beautiful ones that is. Visiting Oman wouldn't be perfect without visiting any wadis. You can wadi bash here but we didn't do that one because we are not familiar with the terrain. If we go again I think I'll get a guide to take us there. You should too!

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingWe visited one wadi though where we were sure that it was good road leading to it. It was near Sur, the route going to Nizwa. But what we didn't know was to get to the wadi itself we had to climb steep terrains. It is not likecliffhanger thing, but if you have three boisterous kids and you are wearing a flimsy sandal, then the terrain is worrying.

There were the local kids who were excited to help (in exchange of money). We didn't want because we thought the short walk to the wadi is well paved. Man were we wrong. I finally had to succumb to them because I couldn't even balance myself (damn sandals!), let alone jackjack and the kids. And the local boy just scopped jackjack and place jack on his shoulder and guide Haziq and jack through the steep terrain. Ayoooooo I was out of words. Wrong step and there goes jack with the rest of the kids come tumbling after. Gulp!

But as usual, it was worth the trip. The wadi is spectacular. I learned about wadis n school but I never know that it was that amazing. Amongst the dry rocks, here we have streams of freshwater from the ground and some from the mountain top. As we drove through the winding road going there, you see nothing but dry mountains but here it is the secret of the Arab world. Water.

And water as we all know creates civilisation. There are small villages and plantations of the typical plants like dates, mangoes, bananas and so forth. Work goes on here as we splash a bit in the wadi.

And this is just one of the hundreds of wadis in Oman.

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The green green water of Wadi Bani Khalid and look at the guy scooping jack up on his shouldres going down the terrain

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Wadi Tiwi, along the coastal route Sur to Nizwa


To view the excellent wadi bani khalid click HERE.

17 comments:

Jill Yusoff said...

am green, green with envy. me going to chiengmai..pfft..pale in comparison.

MULAN said...

ahaaa.. itu couple mana dalam gambar tu? he he he!! anyway mcm u kata, mmg amazing la tempat tu esp with those wadis, mountains, deserts etc... ha.. bila la i nak sampai? budget brp, for this 2 weeks self-drive tour.. kena buat fund dulu ni. nak compile yr entries on this adventurous trip, print je la kot..

Mama Rock said...

incredible photos!

Lollies said...

jill - wei aku nak gi chieng mai gak. nak nak

mulan - couple mana entah sesat. ha ha ha. nak detail about the trip calling callinglah

mama rock - senang aje gambar nak cantik. oman helps a lot!

k.d said...

Nice pics. But my hubby tak mau gi lagi dah Oman..we went to Muscat je..tak venture tempat lain. Itu pun ikut brother dia.

Nanti lah I showed him this travel journal..might just entice him enough

Kak Elle said...

lollies I love the pictures its so an untouch place...but I rather go places where I can shop maybe 30 yrs ago I will op for it give me disneyland and universal studio anytime I'll go even been there 3 times.

~ahni~ said...

Memang cantik betul.... bila tengok gambar2 org pi melancong ni... aku selalu terpk, aku ni ada rezeki ke nak pi jln macam depa tu....

atenah said...

what a great adventure for yr kids. imagine they can remember this experience forever. have a really good friend in muscat (remember the desert sheikh friend that i blogged abt) very de teringin nak visit his family and have a road trip just like this.

Lollies said...

k.d - heh heh. tapi jalan2 dalam ireland pun dah cukup best

kak elle - ya ya kak elle itu pun sgt best

ah ni - aku ni cuma mengambil kesepatan aje. dekat aje kat sini kan?

atenah - especially the elder two I believe. ada senang bolehlah u pergi muscat

MULAN said...

roger! mana lagi cite ni...

ruby ahmad said...

Wow! Lovely. Truely breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

maklang said...

maklang tumpang tengok je laa....tqlaa...

Lollies said...

mulan - aik! tak bosan lagi ke?

ruby - you are very much welcome. hope you enjoyed it

mak lang - eh utk apa tu mak lang?

~ GAB ~ said...

Man, I love going to the places I've never been before. You're lucky to have the opportunity to take a close look at Wadi.

They look so beautiful...

anggerik merah said...

Lollies dear,

dropping in to say salam,

Love your story. So adventurous!

Love AM

MULAN said...

tempat kita tak pi lagi, memang la tak bosan nengok tu.. tengah dreaming2 la ni.. tu yg tak sabo2 tunggu cite lagi tu..

Lollies said...

gab - and that's why I am sharing it here

AM - taklah adventure sangat. sikit2 je

mulan - hah dah tambah dah tu. panjang amatlah pulak