Area 53

We spent a fun day driving around 'Area 53' today, a spot with some challenging dunes near Big Red.

As we were with some beginners I only had one try at getting up this particular slipface.

Next time we'll take three cars with experienced drivers and push things a little harder, but today was still great fun. My highlight was whizzing along a very steep, high ridge, wind-blown sand streaming over the lip and the Jeep cutting through at high speed. Exhilarating stuff.

After lunch we met up with our TV producer friend Rupert, who needed to film 6 cars in the dunes for a project he's working on. This meant driving around for two hours being filmed from various angles.

Driving practically bumper to bumper looks good on film, but isn't the safest way to cross the desert, but we managed it without any incidents. For the last section the crew mounted their camera on the back of their Chevy Tahoe and asked me to lead the convoy so they could get some shots of the 6 cars following us. I enjoyed driving the Tahoe - powerful and very heavy, so it kept going in a straight line on sections where the Wrangler usually needs more careful handling. I wouldn't want to have to tow it out when it gets stuck though.

Apparently the crew got some good footage. Mrs Saul was the next car behind us, so hopefully I'll have something to post here soon.

The highlight of the day was seeing these three mother camels with their babies beside them, their mothers protecting them from the wind.

Mrs Saul got a nice shot of the new Dubai skyline on the way back. We'll be living here by early September, God willing.

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