Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Extreme Muling"

Our agenda for Day 3 simply stated.... "after breakfast enjoy a scenic drive up in to the Atlas Mountains make a few stops along the way to enjoy the panoramic views before you reach the village of Imlil, the center of a beautiful valley dominated by the highest peak in North Africa, Toubkal rising up to nearly 14,000 Ft. The first picture shows the rode we drove on in "all-terrain SUV's" and the second picture shows our guides with their mules waiting for our arrival. Maybe not quite the image we had in mind, but with no hesitation and a little assistance, we saddled up!
"lefty" always shows up!
Either Mary or her mule were always leaning to one side! Maybe it was the stuffed Longchamp bags we all seem to carry!
Our destination was the Berber village of Aremd where we were welcomed by musicians and a table set for a feast.
I could not resist taking this picture of three future musicians practicing on the rocks! For our cooking lesson we were divided into three groups: bread making, steamed couscous, and
tagine baked in a dome-shaped earthenware pot. I learned that couscous is actually made from semolina wheat - not gluten free as I had thought - but delicious! Every meal was followed by the dramatic presentation of peppermint tea!
That's it...NO PICTURES of us coming down...that's where the "extreme muling" kicked in!

1 comment:

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Wow... that is extreme.

I'm glad Lefty made the trip. I am looking forward to Lefty being my date in Amalfi ~ as in "I'll have two limoncello, one for me and one for Lefty."