Old EsfaiMay 3, 2014
Posted by Kanga Please do not reblog.
On our way home from Dubai one day while it was still light out (which is rare for us), we took the Esfai turn off to see what there is to see.
Feral donkeys are common in the mountains and usually travel in multiples of two. This one is unusually pale in color and seems to have a foal in the oven, so to speak.
I assume her traveling companion is the sire. They have had a bounteous year with the winter rains resulting in more grasses and bushes to eat.
We briefly explored the remains of the old village. There are newer modern houses further up the valley, but these are more interesting to us. Many of the structures had double rock walls – large rocks on the outsides of the wall with gravel filling the gap between. Very strong, I should think.
Here’s a closer view, although the filler rocks in this one are larger than gravel.
This bush is proof of the wet winter. It is about a meter high.
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If it seems odd to you that this would be in Ras Al Khaimah, that is because the emirates are not necessarily contiguous. RAK is actually in two large, but separate areas. This map shows the layout of the emirates fairly well. We drive through Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Sharjah to get to Dubai.