Thursday, January 26, 2012

Musandum, Oman

Musandum, Oman is pretty amazing. We drove up to Khasab on Tuesday and found some dudes to take us around the fjords in a boat. Miriam wasn't too sure about the whole operation until a real, live dolphin started swimming along the boat. It was smooth sailing from there. 

I can't imagine how my life would have been different if at some point during my childhood a real, live dolphin had swam alongside a boat upon which I was a passenger. Isn't that every 6-year-old's dream come true? Heck, I'm 30 and it was kind of a dream come true for me.

 We cruised around the fjords for several hours, until late afternoon. When the weather is warmer, the dhow (traditional boat) will drop anchor and you can swim in the turquoise water. It was not that warm on this day so we stuck to the boat.

 Along the way, we passed villages that are accessible only by boat. They have electricity thanks to the wires some intrepid soul has strung along the mountains, but the villages themselves have no roads or cars. It's kind of strange to think about, and behold.

We didn't go far off the beaten path on this first trip to Musandum. I know there is a lot more to do beyond the standard dhow cruise, but those activities will have to wait for another time. One major strike against Musandum, however, is the dicey drive up there from Dubai/Sharjah. It's a scant 160 kilometers or so away but once you reach the end of Emirates Road (the 311) you have to make your way through what has to be the ugliest and most truck-trafficky section of Ras Al Khaimah for what seems like forever. Then the border crossing process is less than seamless (and costs more than free). The drive into Musandum on the Oman side is truly breathtaking, or I imagine it would be if you're not the one driving and thus are able to take your eyes off the road, which is cut into the side of the mountain, for more than a moment. I think to truly be enjoyed, and to shake the bad aftertaste of the annoying trip to get there, you should spend at least one night and two days in Musandum. We'll see if we can work that out the next time. Maybe we can camp in the village with no cars/roads...

7 comments:

Jen said...

Wait--does that look like TWO dolphins? Or am I kidding myself?

Katie said...

Ooh, that sounds really cool. And that is pretty amazing about the dolphin.

Nancy said...

All of a sudden I find myself wanting to go to Oman... :)

Crys said...

Beautiful!!!!! Randomly Jason asked me last night, "Not to be weird or anything but if you could be an animal, what type of animal would you be." Without even taking a second to think about it I said, "Dolphin." "Wow," he said, "you didn't even think about it." "No," I said, "I've been thinking about it my whole life." Horses and dolphins...every girls TRUE loves :)

JosephJ said...

Sometime you'll have to do a report on Madha, to see what's so special about it for Oman to claim it as an landlocked "island."

Liz Johnson said...

I realize I'm probably the only one, but your dolphin story has me conjuring up my very favorite scene in "Bridesmaids." THERE. Now everybody knows that I am a terrible person who has seen that raunchy (hilarious) show.

(twice)

And yes. If I had been there with you, I could've crossed something off of Ye Olde Bucket List that exists only in my head.

Crys said...

Liz I haven't seen it but my sisters all swear it is the funniest thing they have ever seen. I'm rewatching battlestar galactic thinking it is my favorite show ever but whenever I think about blogging it I wonder will people think I'm horrible ;)

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