Thursday, February 21: After visiting Bimmah Sinkhole, we decide to drive to Wadi Arbiyyin. Mario has heard this is a particularly pretty wadi, so we’re keen to venture in and explore it. We drive and drive and drive through a steep canyon, but nothing looks particularly striking. Suddenly we come to a small pool where some people are picnicking and swimming and we pull off to take a couple of pictures. However, to walk further from this spot would require climbing over a lot of big boulders, so we give up and head back to the car.
Mario suggests that we drive just 10 more minutes into the wadi. If in that time we don’t see anything interesting, we will turn around. After about 10 minutes, the wadi starts to widen a bit. We see an interesting angled falaj.
We see some pools and beautiful grasses. We decide to drive further than the 10 minutes we agreed on, and we pledge to stop on our way back for photos. By now the wadi is so stunning, with its golden cliffs and emerald and turquoise pools, that we end up driving 25 minutes deeper into the wadi.
We come to a drop in the road that looks so steep that we figure we might not be able to make it back up. This is the end of the line for us. We park and get out to take some pictures. At this point, we are loving what we see, emerald-green pools, white limestone cliffs, a winding falaj, date palms, ornamental grasses and a couple of goats or two. We wander about taking pictures, then we start backtracking in the car.
We return to the area of glowing emerald grasses and deeper pools and pull over to explore. We find the most beautiful spot at the end of a wide pool to sit and contemplate the scene. It’s around 4:00 at this time and a cool breeze has whipped up. We sit and soak up the peaceful scene for quite some time until we decide we better head out, planning to make a few more stops along the way.
Next, we stop beside some golden grasses and a rocky area with gray lumpy rocks. As we walk around we hear a loud gunshot. I jump because the shot is so loud, I could swear that someone is shooting at us. We wait a few more seconds, then we’re startled out of our skin again by several more gunshots. I look at Mario and then around in a panic, thinking that in a second either Mario or I will have a big bloody hole in the stomach or in the head!! I panic and say, “I don’t feel comfortable with this!” and then I run for the car. Mario is close behind me. We jump in the car and drive out of there as fast as we can!
I don’t know if someone is shooting at some birds, shooting at us, or just having some fun at our expense, but my heart is pounding and I am in flight mode.
After leaving the wadi, we drive up the coast highway to Quriyat, where we cruise through the town. Mario wants me to see the fishing boats along the corniche. We find some boats and fishermen sorting out their nets.
After this, we head to Muscat to Qurum Resort for the sushi buffet. We enjoy a banquet full of sushi and fancy desserts, topped off with a bottle of Chianti.
Sadly, our wonderful day comes to an end, and we drive all the way back to Nizwa. By the time I arrive home at midnight, we have been on the go for 15 1/2 hours and we’ve driven 600 km.
I LOVE a road trip!!