Jebel Shams -Mountain of Sun
more photos in flickr folder 'Jebel Shams & Jabreen Castle '
The last time that we went to Jebel Shams, which translate to Mountain of the Sun, was on April 10 2009.
That was written in May 2009
Riamfada - Summer is here // Wadi Bani Khalid and seeing stars and space station with Riamfada
On that trip, we drove up, stayed about an hour or less, and drove down immediately after. But we took note there were places to stay up there. A place slightly below the look out point and another slightly up market slightly higher and above that look out point.
We decided to spend see that place before we have to go and to stay a night up there to get out of the heat of down below.
So it was 13 Sept 2010, Monday that the 3 of us left our villa for that drive there. We left at 1030am after a bout of procrastination and reached Nizwa about 2 hours later. We had lunch in Nizwa and continued on our way.
We stopped at the foot of Jebel Shams, where we dropped that Dutch guy off on that last trip for him to walk up that mountain. I thought that was quite a feat until I wrote my own recollections of mountain treks I have been on. The elevation at the base of Jebel Shams was about 700 meters for that eventual trek up to the top of 2000 meters. But I was a lot more fit, and a lot more crazy in my younger days.
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We stopped to take some photos of the village which was the starting point of the walk up if you care to do that. A medieval looking village with houses that clinged to edge of cliff above lush green fields below.
We then drove on up and up to J Shams.
We stopped at that look out point near the top. That was at the edge of a cliff with enormous drop down. The edge itself was barricaded off with a safety fence for you to hang on to for dear life if you have vertigo looking over the edge.
I hung on for dear life. Gone are the days I could stand on the edge without any fear. It is kind of strange when I was younger with so many more years ahead, my fear of death was a lot less. I had the notion that I was immortal in those early years.
We then drove on to reach our Jebel Shams Resort just a kilometer away and checked in. Cost per room per night inclusive of dinner and breakfast was 60 Omani Rial. Traditional Arabian tent was cheaper, and stand along deluxe was at 70 OR.
We liked a bit of comfort, and as Riamfada was with us, we could not have stayed in tents.
We checked in and allowed Riamfada to relax a bit in the room.
You have seen the number of places that she had stayed in without any problem at all. I do have difficulty understanding the reports of other people that they CAGs go into a fit if a chair is added to the house or even moved from usual place. And of course, Riam must have met thousands of people during that couple of years with us.
The resort was comfortable. Instead of the 38-40C down below, it was about 24 C up on the mountain. Even so, the sun was brutally strong. We stayed in our room until 4 pm. The shade cast by the building then gave a bit of shelter from the sun allowing us to get our camp chairs to sit outside our room.
Folks and kids at that place were fascinated with Riamfada and took turns to have photos with her. I warned them never to try to touch Riamfada. If they come close and look at her, she would not bite them.
Then a few flights were done.
Soon it was sunset.
Followed by the crescent moon above
We then went back to our room. Removed the harness from Riamfada so she could relaxed on the chair.
Then we got to fix up Riamfada's bedroom. In the cupboard.
Her rope perch was rigged up. She went in. The door was closed, but with a hanger to wedge a gap so she would not suffocate and to keep the light from her to allow her to sleep.
We could then leave her and go and enjoy the dinner.
We all woke up in the morning, including Riamfada
Then we did a few more flights.
With the deluxe chalets and 'tents' in the background.
We then walked back to our room. Using our room as background. We stayed in the second from the end.
Soon it was time to go.
Jabreen Castle was not that far from the foot of Jebel Shams.
That castle was closed the last time we tried to go there in April 2010.
Smolensk // Looking for Balad Sayt // Recent neighbourhood walks
We had better luck on Tuesday 14 Apr 2010. The opening hours were until 4 pm.
On Friday when we last tried to visit that castle, the opening hours were until 11 am.
I called it Jabrin then following guide books. But inside the castle, the signs were Jabreen. I mentioned before that the Arabic script do not have vowels. This lead to strange permutations when English signs were penned.
Jabreen Castle virtual tour by Oman tourism
Set to fire round shot or grapeshot at the enemies of the Imam
Sitting in front of the entrance of the jail in the castle. It seemed prisoners had to crawl in and out of the jail.
Change of flight plan
Winding down in Muscat took a bit more time then I thought. I forgot that after Ramadan, there was a week of public holiday. That affected my winding down plans.
So instead of flying off on 26 Sept 2010, I will now fly off on 3rd Oct 2010.
I knew we were here in Oman on borrowed time since the end of last year. Ever since early this year, I expected I have to leave Oman and all my creatures here. If you have not known about all that and wondered why I cannot take Riamfada with me, please read the following.
Riamfada foraging // 3 days 2 nights at Wadi Bani Awf and ending of this chapter
Closing this chapter//Buwah off Harban with Dommie// Beautiful Wadi Qurai
Dedication // Raining curses on Katie at Al Felaij Dam // Riam in cage at Jabri
Mystic octopus // Snake Tshirt and more hide&seek recalls //Countdown to chapter end
It is painful enough for me as it is. So please read or re-read above before you write to me wondering why I have to leave them. Please do not make it even more painful for me to reply and tell you things I have said above because you had not read that.
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Important old letters on harness
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‘ cargo cult'
'Ramadan & Kitties on beach// Chess -1st Saturday IM Tournament // Tinkerbell Harness for Piper '
Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7
If you like the photos here, they are all taken by my wife and uploaded on my behalf by her.
She has her own sets of photos in her Flickr account here
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NEVER EVER FREE FLY WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AS THIS CAN LEAD TO LOSS AND DEATH OF YOUR BIRD.
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for the wildlife sharing our planet.
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For those that through no fault of their own, or otherwise, and had to part painfully and unwillingly from their beastie or birdies, whether in the past, or the present, or in the future, I dedicate the saga of Riamfada that I had wrote , and continue to write to that final handover , to you all.