Friday, November 6th: Ramble - Desert Rose Trip, Karasaah Area

Friday, November 6th: Ramble - Desert Rose Trip,Karasaah Area

Description: Fun in the sun!

     One of the special experiences of this desert peninsula is the annual gathering of roses in the desert; okay, you’ve got to dig down about a meter to get them, but they’re there – and we know where to find these gypsum treasures!
     We will be meeting in the parking lot of the Villagio Mall in Doha, near the Virgin Store entrance, at 8:30 AM. We will be departing at 9:00. During this half hour we have a number of tasks to accomplish, so get there early!!! First, we will leave in a caravan, so we will need to get that organized, finding group leaders, etc. We will also do our best to fill empty seats in the 4-wheel drive vehicles that are going; people can leave their cars at the mall and retrieve them later. We expect to finish around noon or 1:00 PM, but when to stop digging is up to you, or your group – so make sure you discuss any time restrictions you may have with those in your car before we leave! Travel time to and from our destination is about one hour – each way – so take this into account when making your plans. 
     There is a lot of exploring to do in the Kharasaah area, so you might want to make a day of it, or even camp for the night!

What to Bring: Shovels will be necessary; a pick if you have it will make life easier; maybe some gloves to protect your sensitive keyboarding digits, too! Bring sun lotion, a hat, and water - lots of water - along with plenty of food. We will 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 Villagio Mall will be the last ones we see before entering the desert.
     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 the desert and sabkha 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 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: You must have a 4-wheel drive (4X4) vehicle for this trip. No sedans or saloons allowed. If you have any questions regarding the suitability of your vehicle, contact the trip organizer BEFORE the day of the trip!!!
Date:      Friday, November 6th 2009
Rendezvous & Times: Villagio Mall parking lot, Virgin Store entrance
                                  Meet at:       8:30 AM
                                  Depart at:    9:00 AM
We will be leaving Doha by the Salwa Road. We will follow this road until we get to exit 42, Umm Bab - we will then turn onto the Umm Bab Road and stay on it until we take a right turn into the desert at Kharasaah. We will regroup when we leave the paved road.

Price per Adult: Free
Price per Child (under 12 years old): Free
Organizer: John Tribuna, QNHG Rambles & Field Trips Coordinator – send texts to 605.6762; no calls during business hours, and none after 9:00 PM.