I think if I had to rate any experience in life I would say sitting round a table surrounded by my friends laughing would be my single most favourite. You can’t beat it, you can take it anywhere and it doesn’t matter how many people are involved it’s brilliant. Throw in some children running around causing trouble and the experience only gets better.
I now have a close second…sitting round a fire, with your toes warmed from the flames and talking nonsense with your mates in the middle of nowhere with a suitably strong drink on hand. It can be fantastically silly, ridiculous and is a bonding experience like no other.
Last weekend we took to the dunes for the last desert camping session of 2019. Archie, Jack and I and a team of our closest and silliest camping mates set off into the wilderness for an awesome weekend without rules.
Camping season in Qatar is something you can only really experience, nothing I write here will really do it the justification it deserves. Qatar is a tiny country, the sand dunes are just a small portion of the whole rocky peninsula, as a young Qatari male this small sandy corner of the country provides a large portion of your adult fun.
So when camping season is on this little slice of sandy brilliance is not just a playground to the inexperienced eager expat looking for a mini adventure it is also an assault course for the more experienced driver seeking a greater challenge. The combination of lack of square KM and a large quantity of people is that you are never too far from either a helpful rescue or a crash, so it isn’t for everyone and many people chose to stay away from the dunes.
But when you get it right it can be truly amazing, the peace, the beauty, the silliness and the adventure made our recent trip a suitably fun end to this years desert trips. We managed a full on off road journey into camp, with only one major bogging incident when I got myself into some remarkably soft wet sand to my axles, fortunately Maxtrax and manpower meant I could escape before the tide swallowed the car. We stopped at the “Wall of Death” to enjoy the ridiculous spectacle that takes place every Friday afternoon, and then headed to the Inland Sea to set up camp at the super top secret and amazing “Fyfe Campsite” shhhhhh…..
Here is a little video that summarises the weekend better than words.