After our amazing summer vacation in North America, we arrived back to the Abu Dhabi heat. We missed our anniversary flying so we had a belated staycation on Saadiyat Island our first weekend back. It was a great way to celebrate our 6th!
After a few weeks back into the swing of things, we came to the realization that we were in a bit of a funk. We had to mix things up a bit so we came up with the Abu Dhabi Bucket Challenge. Dan and I both wrote down 10 ideas of things to do in the UAE that we haven’t done before including the categories of Outdoors, Fitness, Day Trips, Dining/Nightlife, and Arts & Culture. The fun part was that neither of us knew what the other put in the bucket.
We had a busy week that week and didn’t pull the first challenge until Wednesday, August 19th. Dan selected the paper from the bucket and opened it to read one of my challenges – Camping in the Desert or Desert Driving. A pretty tough challenge to meet with only a day to plan it but we did some quick googling to find a desert driving group that was going out for an introductory junior drive that weekend. Only problem was, we didn’t have a 4×4 vehicle but they said they would take passengers. We called to confirm that we could join the drive and on Friday morning we were heading out to Sweihan to meet the Oryx 4×4 meetup group.
We met the group, learned a bit about the necessary equipment, and then hopped into Dami’s Xterra as passengers. He had been out with the group a few times and was a bit more experienced so they placed him at the back of the group. His driving was a bit more crazy than I would have liked so there were a couple of screams from the back seat. Eventually I settled in and started to really enjoy the drive over the beautiful dunes. We stopped at different points along the way and drove for a couple of hours before the sun started to set. We met up with another group and we all had a barbeque in the desert. At 9:00pm, we caught a lift to the car and drove back to Abu Dhabi. I have a feeling this wont be our last drive in the desert.