|Among the spectacular sand dunes of the Namib desert|
|Our group hiking in the Namib amongst the sand mountains|
Boy was I grateful when someone up ahead stopped every so often for a breather giving us all a chance to catch our breath, rather nonchalantly, of course, pretending that we could carry on if that person up front didn't keep stopping! Finally we got there and sat with our legs dangling over the sharp ridge waiting for the sun to rise. I noticed a group ahead of us facing in the wrong direction and called out to them. It was amusing to watch their mad scramble to turn around without slipping down the slopes.
|I did it! The tiny specs at the top are people. It's quite a climb!|
At last an enormous red sun appeared slowly from behind the mountain range, unfortunately rather muted for us due to heavy cloud cover but still spectacular nevertheless. Then it was time to head down again and after plodding for a while we decided to just go for it and run and slide down the slope. We arrived at the bottom euphoric - proud to have achieved the climb and bubbling with the exhilaration and fun of the descent.
At the bottom Ronney had set out a delicious breakfast for us which we munched on contentedly while watching other people, like so many tiny ants, climb and descend the dune. Ronney, our guide, a Namibian born and bred, had a wonderful knowledge of the wildlife and terrain of Namibia so I asked him during breakfast how many times he had climbed Dune 45. He smiled and told me he had never climbed it "Because it looks too hard"!
|A welcome breakfast in Namibia...I'm seated 4th from right|