April 2011 Rambles

 QNHG – Rambles & Field Trips -- April Schedule 2011

 
Friday April 8th Ramble: The Abrouq Peninsula
THIS TRIP WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR 26TH MARCH, BUT HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO SANDSTORM CONDITIONS  

Description:

       If you’re tired of the crowded, man-made landscapes of Doha & vicinity, then get ready to head off into the isolated and convoluted landscape of the Abrouq peninsula. With its mesas and abrupt natural features, eroded by the wind and sands over the millennia, this is a wonderful place to go for a casual afternoon of rambling.

         We will begin looking for flamingos, although if we’re lucky we may also see some gazelles. The ostriches appear to have been moved to a different area, but we may still find their old nests or the odd abandoned egg. There are also desert fox, as well as dhub (spiny-tailed agama lizards), and snakes, so be quiet and cautious and who knows what else we may see!

         We will look for fossils on the eroded slopes of the shallow valleys as well as stop by the old TV/Movie set for a visit. Lunch we will probably do in a unique part of the set, where we can seek shade and a break from the wind among some unique structures.

What to bring:

         Bring a pair of binoculars, as we might not be able to get very close to any wild desert creatures that we may run across. As per usual, bring sun lotion, a hat, and water - lots of water - along with plenty of food. When we stop for lunch, we'll probably need to make our own shade, so take an umbrella or tarp along, too.

We will be in primitive conditions, so bring along any toiletries you may need. The facilities at your home will be the last ones we see before entering the desert. The facilities at Umm Al Afai Petrol Station were not the most modern or pristine.

Any books on the flora, fauna or geology of this part of the world will come in handy, as well

 
Other Preparations/Concerns:

We will be heading out into an area of mostly hard, rocky desert for this trip, so make sure your 4-wheel drive vehicle is in good running condition, that is, double-check equipment, top off the gas/petrol tank, and generally get ready to go at least the night before departure. We have a long trip ahead of us, so we won’t have time for casual stops along the way.

       A SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN:Do not expect that your children will be allowed in vehicles without the required safety seating. It is a car owner’s prerogative as to who rides in their car, and the conditions under which this occurs. If you want to guarantee a seat for your child, you must bring your own vehicle.  

Restrictions:      

No pets. One of our main goals is to see wildlife, so please keep that in mind when packing and preparing for this trip.

You must have a 4-wheel drive vehicle for this trip. No sedans or saloons allowed.

 Rendezvous & Times: Umm Al Afai Petrol Station, Dukhan Highway

Meet:         8:00 AM

Depart:       8:30 AM

Return:       2:00 PM, Approximately

Directions:

We will travel west from the Umm Al Afai Petrol Station along the (Garafat Al Rayyan &) Duhkan Highway for almost exactly 51 kilometers, exiting the highway and turning north at the Zekreet Interchange. 1.2 kilometers north of the interchange roundabout, we will regroup on the right side of the road by the beat-up sign announcing  the “Brouq Nature Reserve”. From there we will head up towards the village of Zekreet, bypassing it on the east side, and head on up into the peninsula.

Price per Adult: Free

Price per Child (under 12 years-old): Free

Organizer:John Tribuna, QNHG Rambles & Field Trips Coordinator – send texts to 6605.6762. No calls during business hours or after 9:00 PM.