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Lost in the Sahara

by Dee Andrews

Camel Trek Across Dunes I expected many things from our week in Morocco and was pleasantly surprised to experience something completely different. My biggest discovery was that the concerns and fears I had were overly apprehensive. I suppose we all fear the unknown to some degree, and I was happy that I conquered my anxiety and experienced this country firsthand.

In actuality, the one time during our journey that I was anxious was when we were literally lost in the Sahara Desert! We had left on camels near sunset and had a wonderful trek as the sun cast shadows and a red glow over the sand dunes. After our hour ride turned into an uncomfortable two, and the blackness of night made it difficult to see the dunes, let alone determine which one to lead us over, it did cross my mind that our Bedouin guide was lost.

Hum. Lost in the Sahara. I didn’t expect that one!

To lighten the moment, I jokingly asked if he had a cell phone I could use. “Um, hello. Yes, we’re lost in the Sahara Desert. Can you send someone to find us? We’re between the sand dune and… the other sand dune!”

Camel Shadows

Camel Shadows

Humor always helps, and soon enough my daughters spotted a light in the distance that was our campsite. My anxiety truly was fleeting. In the end, I felt more appreciative that being lost actually made for one of my favorite memories… trekking on a camel under millions of brilliant stars, the magnitude of them… usually, lost.



When we weren’t lost, we found many amazing family experiences. Travel with us to Morocco through our pictures.

Want to Experience the Sahara Desert as we did? I highly recommend the travel guide we used, Journey Beyond Travel. They put together an amazing itinerary in Southern Morocco for our family, including children 6 and 10. This was our first experience using a travel guide and it made for a unique and intimate experience that we will always treasure.

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Lotrin December 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm

How wonderful! Lucky you. Do let me know if your travels bring you in my area. We would be happy to show you around. Safe Travels and Season’s greetings. Cheers!

Dee December 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Lotrin, I will most definitely contact you should we find ourselves traveling to Bhutan in the Himalayas. Bridge to Bhutan looks like a wonderful way to connect to your country and culture. Thanks for sharing with us here at Travel and Travails.

MaryT April 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Wow, what an exotic adventure!

Dee April 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm

It definitely was, Mary! My senses were completely overwhelmed and stimulated in Morocco. It’s a unique vacation for families, especially those with older kids. The food is wonderful, which helps for picky eaters, and the culture so different than American and European… it led to many wonderful conversations.

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