Thursday, January 10: We’re pretty exhausted after our week of activities and our walk through the hot Bahla Fort, so we stop in Al Hamra at the ubiquitous “Restaurant” for a lunch of vegetable biryani and rice. Adam loves these restaurants in Oman, and today he decides he will eat like the Omanis, using his right hand to shovel rice and vegetables into his mouth.
We then drive up to the village of Misfat Al Abriyyin, where we follow the flag-marked trail down the terraces deep into a jungle-like plantation. We follow twisting lanes, covered passages like wind tunnels with cool air blowing through, gateways and serpentine flights of stairs. We’re surrounded by terraces of date palms, banana palms, lemon trees, pomegranates, and Bougainvillea.
We originally planned on taking a much longer hike, but I think our 9 days of being constantly on the go has finally gotten to us. All of us are too tired to take another step. We decide to head back to my flat to relax on this, their last night in Oman.
On the way back, we come across a small group of camels nibbling away at some trees. The owner is sitting on a nearby rock and he doesn’t seem to mind us mingling with his animals. Each camel has its four legs tied together with a rope, so it can’t move very quickly. They all seem quite docile and friendly. We stop to check them out, along with about 10 other random passers-by.