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November 27, 2017

Never Camp in a Wadi

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Masafi Wadi Flash Flood

I was half way up the wadi at Masafi when I heard the rumblings of the thunderstorm. I got out of there quick smart. Half an hour later it started to bucket down. It absolutely poured. I just stayed in my car and waited for it to end.

After the storm
After the storm.

There was water everywhere. I looked into the wadi near where I was parked and there was a roaring creek where it had been a dry riverbed hours before.

Flooding wadi
Flooding wadi

Heaps of people came out to gawk at the water flowing down the wadi. There was even a traffic jam because of all the rubber neckers and gawkers.

Storm water drain is full
Storm water drain is full

Police were out in force and the ambulance went roaring up the road.

Dry wadi country
Dry wadi country

This is the type of country that collects the water. It just funnels down these wadis whenever there is a thunderstorm. They are very dangerous.

Wadi Bih Scenery
Wadi Bih Scenery

After that I went to the coast, then up to Wadi Bih. It is very mountainous up there.

The road up to Jebel Jais
The road up to Jebel Jais

The road snakes up the mountain to the top of Jebel Jais which is quite high. My ears were poppping and it was a bit chilly.

Mountain panorama
Mountain panorama

Just over these mountains was Oman.

Fishermen working at Sha'am
Fishermen working at Sha’am

After that I went to the northern coast just before the border to Oman. Nice little fishing village at Sha’am. The nets went out for a long way and they dragged them in with their outboards then hauled the nets back on board the boats by hand.

A very scenic background
A very scenic background

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