Diane discovers that camels love her apples.
They appear to be out for a leisurely morning stroll and are totally unfazed by the two SUVs that stop suddenly ejecting eight gleeful expats.
Carmen, Karen, Katie and Diane with their new BFFs.
The camels are so sweet natured, Their long agile lips take food right from our outstretched hands. Contrary to what we have heard, these camels do not spit or bite.
Our treats expended, I spend the next hour of the trip on a quest to convince Roger to stop at a grocery store to buy apples because I know we are going to see more camels.
Three Khasab boys with fort's cannon.
photo by Diane
|Golden Tulip Resort - photo by Carmen|
|Captain of our dhow - photo by Diane|
There are about 20 other people on the boat and we each take a position on the cushions placed along the sides of the boat. The weather is perfect, still a little hazy, but clear enough for some good photos of the primitive beauty of the jagged edged fjords.
|photo by Diane|
"There on the right. Dolphins!" I yell as I see the big splash off the starboard side of the dhow.
|Village of Qanah - photo by Carmen|
Khalid tells us that officials who search the boats are only looking for the contraband and lets everything else go so the local and Iranian entrepreneurs can continue in their trade. The smugglers return to Iran in speed boats loaded with . . . goats. Just picture that!
Telegraph Island - photo by Diane
" Ken, throw me a banana please," requests Carmen.
As paddles in the water she crumbles the banana and is immediately engulfed by hungry - but friendly - fish.
"Whoa! National Geographic eat your heart out," she exclaims. And we though fish liked worms.
|Roger, Carmen & Ken photo by Carmen|
|Karen & Jack |
photo by Carmen
As we head back to the Khasab docks, everyone reclines into their chosen pillows to relax and enjoy this soul refreshing time on the water. Tea is served and all is right with the world.
|Khasaba Dawn - photo by Diane|
As we exit the fjords and head for the dock Jack exclaims, "There on the horizon speed boats. Smugglers boats?" the question is put to our guide who responds, "Most likely."
|photo by Carmen|
Oman government web site to see if you are eligible. We were cautioned about not bring alcohol with us as sometimes your car and bags are checked.