Here are some highlights.
I finally got to use my Shewee (YES I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS. BRIEFLY). Verdict: potentially super useful, but you really have to practice with it before you intend to use it in the wild, or else you might soil the clothes you were planning on wearing for the next three days (uh, might. Just sayin').
We (at least Jeremy and I) had two nights of pretty awful sleep. This is the thing about camping. I haven't had a good, old-fashioned, cosy night of sleep while camping since one time when we went camping in Ithaca in 2010. Plus, PLUS, my iPod Shuffle was inexplicably dead (of battery) upon arrival, which meant I got to be alone with just my thoughts for lots of hours in the middle of the night instead of having a podcast to lure me back into some semblance of sleep.
A massive storm blew in on the second afternoon. And of course it happened while Jeremy was up the mountain on a several-hour run and I was at the tent with the kids. It was a thrilling/terrifying time that ended in Jeremy coming back early (thank goodness!) and us frantically packing up the site in heavy wind and rain. (Sadly, this is not the first time we have had to do that.) We were lucky to find refuge at a campground/hotel nearby. It was pretty rustic, and the girls had to sleep on camp pads on the floor, so we maintained the aura of camping but enjoyed the safety of a roof over our heads.
so much depends
a metal frame
hampered by a crooked
beside the satellite
Oman continues to be a favorite road trip destination. I read somewhere that Oman is kind of like the UAE's outdoor playground, and I can't help but agree. It was a relief to be away from the extreme temperatures for a few days, and a treat to get into some altitude and see some new sights.