Thursday, January 3: Wadi Bani Khalid is one of the greenest wadis in Oman.   It’s dotted with pools, villages and plantations, and Omanis consider it one of the most popular spots in the country for swimming and picnicking.  Today, there are hordes of people, as it is a perfect January weekend.

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We walk into the wadi, where early on we come upon groups of people swimming in the pools and jumping off cliffs into the pools.  Of course, Adam immediately wants to jump, but he decides to head further back into the wadi where it might be less crowded.

We come to a spot in the stream where we need to take off our shoes to cross, so the boys both take off their shirts and shoes, and slide down a waterfall into a pool.  They come out downriver, where they climb out and slide down the waterfall again.

We head back up the river, and atop a cliff, some Omani boys, along with some tourists, are jumping off into the pools below.  Adam soon follows suit, as does Alex.  They do this numerous time, loving each jump more than the one before.

After all this cliff jumping and swimming, we head out of the wadi at around 4:30.  Our hope is to get to Camp Al Areesh by shortly after 5:00.  We want to get there in time to see the sun set over the desert of Sharqiya Sands.

beautiful reflections at Wadi Bani Khalid

beautiful reflections at Wadi Bani Khalid