Our camp site for 3 nights, on a deserted beach 2 hours drive from Muscat.
The moon rising over our campsite.
Sadly, rubbish is everywhere on the beach.
The Bimmah sinkhole which is about 200 metres from the sea. Its 40 meter wide.
Lunchtime stop on the coast road to Sur.
Interesting mushroom rock formation
The new bridge over Wadi Tiwi.
Inside Wadi Tiwi.
Inside Wadi Tiwi on the way to the rock pool.
Entrance to Wadi Tiwi.
The road up to Majlis al Jinn. This is the road we're going to be driving on and the only way is up (or over the side!) The road rises 1500 metres in 4 kms.
A helicopter landing area marked out on a flat area on the road to the Salmah Plateau.
The view from (nearly) the top.
Its a long, long way down.
Some Scottish hikers we met are standing at the entrance to Majlis al Jinn a huge underground cave. Its the second largest cave in the world and believed to cover 14 acres. The only access points are through holes formed when sections of the cave roof collapsed. Entry to the cave is by rope only and its a 120 metre drop to the floor of the cave below.
The road from Majlis al Jinn stretches into the distance.
You can see the road we'll be taking twisting its way down the valley.
It was about here the palms began to sweat!
Looking out over the valley and to the horizon.
Cliff on one side, sheer drop on the other......
The road went where???
View from the road down the mountainside.
The view from the Majlis al Jinn road.
Storm clouds gathering over the hills, photo taken from our campsite.
The 'Al Said', Sultan Qaboos' private yacht, moored in Muscat Harbour. Its more than 55 feet wide and maintained by a crew of 156.
My new friend Taj, the standard poodle.