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Ever since becoming a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, it has been an ambition to do some desert travel. Around the edge of the Sahara, in the Oasis town of Douz, Sahara trips are what most people come here for. I talked to some locals who could arrange some trips, but after going through the logistics of food, water and a warm blanket to sleep on, it became clear that a local travel agent was the best place to put the trip together.

It was all worthwhile. I was brought to the edge of the desert with a taxi of food and blankets to meet Amor, a Bedouin desert guide, with waiting with his two camels. We loaded them off and set out for three days.

It was the first time I hired a guide and considering he had his own animals and had done this before, made all the difference. Many of the great historic expeditions in Africa were with the aide of local guides, so I don't feel I am wimping out. In fact, I may some day look at doing something again like this but for much deeper into a desert.

In this picture, Amor sets off going back for the camels left near where we made a camp fire the night before. The camels wander looking for something to eat when they are not carrying cargo.

Technical note: On this image I used a linear polarizer to combat the intense light; however, it worked a bit too well and I had to lighten the sky a tad. In the end it worked since the clouds have become more visible.

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