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Back in the KSA: Trekking through the Camel Trail প্রিন্ট কর
Jamal Hasan, Meryland   
বৃহস্পতিবার, ২৯ ডিসেম্বর ২০১৬

Before starting this travelogue, I would like to remind everyone that old adage, “Man proposes, God disposes”. After I started to follow my new career path in Florida, I had high hope of staying in the mainland USA for a longer period of time. But fate and destiny brought me to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia once again. While flying back to Riyadh, I was murmuring in the plane that famous Beatles song, “Back in the USSR”. The Saudi Kingdom is a wonderland with plenty of archaeological sites. One such area of interest is Camel Trail near Riyadh. A few weeks ago, one of my colleagues asked me if I was interested in visiting that geographical marvel. I accepted the offer immediately.

On a sunny day, my host welcomed me to his all-terrain van and started the voyage. We were heading west outside the city perimeter on the Jeddah to Mekkah highway. It did not take us long when we noticed the motorway was cut into the cliff. And all on a sudden the walls on both sides of highway opened to an amazing view. Gradually we were heading to a valley and then we were pushed to thrill seekers’ painful journey. Our vehicle proceeded to a rugged and treacherous path. We were in a bumpy ride for almost half an hour. It was an experience of my lifetime. Sometimes we were on the edge of a valley with occasional cuts on the way. Very dangerous indeed! At last we reached our destination.

The Camel Trail is a region of escarpment. As I was walking through the valley I felt like the time stood still there. One of my tour guides, a young Arab man led me to a famous sink hole. It is called Abu Marwah sink hole. Not far from our spot, there was a clearly visible rock formation known as Faisal pinnacle. The Faisal pinnacle stood up high near Chameleon placemark. I was told, the view from the top of the Chameleon down the Faisal pinnacle and the valley beyond is breathtaking.

I noticed fossilized coral and other stones were scattered everywhere. My colleague told me, the existence of coral could indicate the place was under ocean water millions of years ago. I collected a few of those stones as souvenir.

As the bright red sun was shifting its course through the horizon, we began our journey home. I thought I just finished a fantastic voyage of my adult life.
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