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Taken on the day when we used the 4wd bus.
Home for seven nights
As-shown in all the best guide books.
Our hotel is in the picture too.
Looking back to the start of our Day 2 Walk.
Ait Arbi visible.
A 10:00 start after a 03:30 arrival was not too bad, was it?
The kasbah buildings showing above the irrigated fields.
Showing the contrast between the irrigated valley and the desert conditions of the surrounding hills.
As we proceed along the West of Dades walk, the gorge road comes back into view.
A pleasant viewpoint further along the route.
Where does that name come from?
Is it how you feel at the end of a hot day?
The back road from Ait Youl to Botghrar has a desolate feel to it.
Our route starts from the village on the right and continues leftwards along the river bed.
We are now in the greenery of the previous photo.
You can see why it all grows green!
Sandals are ideal!
Everyone enjoyed the different sort of walking.
Typical comment: "Never did anything like that before!"
The Todhra Gorge is narrow steep and spectacular.
It also lacks a major road - at least for the time being.
For us the main aim of the day was to walk down through the cool green of the Palmeries below the gorge.
There were several different sorts of dates growing there. We did taste a few.
Three of our walks started in the region of Ait Hammou.
The East of Dades climb is unrelenting, but the stops to admire the view are a delight.
The colours and the clear air are magnificent.
Meanwhile our Tourist Team were investigating the possibility of mint tea at the caves of the Nomads.
They also seemed to be doing a Three Bears act with the cooking pots.
Meanwhile our own purveyor of mint tea was demonstrating his salt-grinder.
The descent from the East of Dades route again emphasises how the irrigated richness of the main Dades valley contrasts with the barren high ground.
The "Tourist Team" had been walking on the far side of the valley. Both groups are descending towards the Auberge des Gorges du Dades, just out of sight at the bottom right.
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