My August was much the same as July. I was busy with work and made several trips offshore, two of which coincided with Bec’s visit from the 9th to the 13th, but we still managed to spend some quality time together. However, she already filled you in on that weekend trip in ‘Abu Dhabi Again’.
The first weekend, I was back in the Sweihan dunes on Friday afternoon for a drive led by Dyaa. Laurie and Amanda invited me out boating on Saturday morning. They also invited another Scottish couple so the 5 of us casted off from Yas Marina around 8:00am. We pulled up to a large spit of white sand known as Disappearing Beach because it is completely gone during high tide. We had a nice picnic before heading back to the marina.
I attended a Wine Club tasting at La Cava in the Rosewood Hotel on Monday the 14th. Amanda was there with a friend and I ran into some UAE Trekkers as well. The wines were from Nederburg with Cellarmaster Andrea Freeborough from the vineyard leading us through the flight.
On August 18th, I set out for the Liwa Desert with Shadi and company. We met at the Hameem petrol station at 2:30pm and soon entered the dunes. My 4×4 shifter seemed to be broken as there was no resistance from the gears. I thought, “Man, I drove 2.5 h for nothing. I’ll have to turn around and go home.” Luckily, we had with us a very mechanically inclined Oryx member. He ripped out the console and rigged up a temporary solution to get me into 4 low. We set out on the dunes but took it pretty easy. We exited at sunset and made the drive back to AD.
On Saturday morning, Laurie and Amanda were heading out for another boat trip. This time out of Emirates Palace Marina and they graciously invited me to tag along again. I decided to walk over to the Marina and met them at the gates. We were hoping to find some dolphins, but didn’t see any. We found a nice stretch of beach similar to the Disappearing Beach near Yas Marina and dropped anchor. We chatted and soaked in the sea until the tide came up and forced us off the beach.
That afternoon, we had a camel milk latte while the 3 of us waited for Spence to meet us for lunch at Le Café inside the hotel. It was a burger fest with Laurie and I going for the camel, Amanda the beef, and Spence going veggie.
The following Monday, I had a nice dinner with Nadia and Rene at BiCE in the Jumeirah Hotel. It was a good catch-up as Rene has been away with a new business venture. I also made some pretzels that week but I am not sure if Bec would think they are as good as the ones in Germany.
Last Friday of August, what am I doing? You guessed it…dune bashing. There was such a big Oryx crowd at the meeting point. A Junior, Oryx, and Senior level drive all headed out. I joined the Seniors and it was probably the most extreme drive I’ve done. The next morning, Spence, Laurie, and I got up at an ungodly hour to avoid the heat and teed off at the National at 6:10am. The weather was quite pleasant and, with no one in front of us, we shot around the course in record time. It was a busy month with desert driving, boating, golfing and socializing!