Daily Archives: October 10, 2022

The Desert in Egypt

The Sahara, an Arabic word for desert stretches all the way across northern Africa. I have been able to visit deep into Morocco and in most parts of Egypt. The desert is impressive, but it is not a place one would wish to get lost.

Camels are suited to desert travel because they can drink large amounts of water and travel long distances between watering holes of one sort or another.

Along the Nile River one may see a few areas of greenery but much of the area is desert. Portions of it are covered by sand.

The story of Gideon and his 300 men includes information about the Midianites and Amalekites who had entered the promised land from the East.

And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the people of the East lay along the valley like locusts in abundance, and their camels were without number, as the sand that is on the seashore in abundance (Judges 7:12 ESV).

My first photo for today was made along the Nile River at the point of the first cataract near Aswan.

This photo was made along the Nile River at the first cataract of the Nile near Aswan.
Part of a camel caravan in the eastern Sinai peninsula.
A shy young camel takes a peak at the bigger world under the protection of Mom. In this area the desert is more rocky than sandy.

I rode a camel on very few occasions during my fifty-plus years of traveling in the Middle East. Having been brought up in the rural south in the 40s and 50s of the last century I heard and read the expression “I would walk a mile for a camel” I developed my own saying: “I would walk a mile to avoid a camel.”