The mission finished and the hard medical work done, we needed a break. Bob and Louine were tired and went back to Agadez to rest. The rest of the group took a little side trip to the dunes. For me that is the best rejuvenation. We headed out to Tiguidit–the gateway to the Tenere–even our military escort was excited.
The first thing on arrival at the dunes at sunset is to get to the top of the highest one. Alhassane goes to the top…
The sand is so cool and clean you want to take of your shoes–and crawl around in it.
So everybody starts clowning around and taking photos…
Sidi, Achicha, Alhassane
Leslie, Sidi, Linda, Alhassane
Hannah, Leslie, Linda
Linda saves Alhassane after Sidi has pushed him off the edge.
Pushed off the cliff, we look up from the bottom.
Even the military get into the act…
Bread baked on the fire.
And then we listened to Alhassane’s guitar music as we watched the stars…
In the morning it was off on a hike to the top of the falaise of Tiguidit.
Going to the top was exhilarating, but coming down was REALLY fun. I had never been down the back side before. It looked so steep I was hesitating until one of the soldiers led the way. You step off into midair, but the sand cushions and you slide and float as fast as you want.
And then we all posed for a final photo and a sad good bye.