Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Rambling Along The Rustaq Loop In Oman

West of Muscat by about 60 kilometers is a fine desert drive, the Rustaq Loop. Yes, a circular, meandering group of roads that hit lots of hotspots, both natural and man-made. One of the more impressive features is the Nakhal castle. Otherwise, there are ruins to see, many palm plantations and unadulterated rocky desolation to appreciate.

An old home, crumbling among the palms.

A dry riverbed, palm plantation and uninhabitable hills in the distance. Desert doors.

A student, hanging out by the Ain a'Thawwarah spring.

As long as a falaj exists, so can palm plantations. The irrigation makes the oasis possible in the middle of the desert.

No water, no nothing, just undisturbed desolation (save for the modern road and our lovely air conditioned auto).

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