Friday, October 26, 2012

Al Wakra Beach

Confession #1: This trip happened two weeks ago. You could say the work-life NON-balance (and my ever-tired pregnant body) are catching up with me.
Confession #2: While the company was wonderful, the beach left a lot to be desired.

Don't get me wrong. I love Al Wakra beach. We've been many times. But never on a Friday afternoon, and never during high tide. Friday afternoons, it turns out, bring crowds. One Landcruiser packed in beside the next. And high tides mean no private islands, one of the things we like best about Al Wakra. And the beach had a distinct odour to it this time around. Not entirely sure why. An odour which, as Darren said, would crescendo repeatedly. Made eating a strange smell/taste sensation.

But regardless, we were all pretty pumped to be outside, in the water and with sand between our toes. And I was so determined to get immersed that I walked the few kilometers it took till I could actually lie down and float.

Dean and fam

Pretty much the whole gang

Kaiya looking for treasures. She loves catching hermit crabs and watching them come out of their shells.

The only thing we miss about our old compound is the ability to see the sun setting out our kitchen window. If you click here and scroll to the end of the post, you'll see what we used to see. It wasn't the most fantastic view, no, but if I looked beyond the compound wall, I could see palm trees and the beautiful colours of the sunset. While we love our new location, the villas are tall, and we're smack in the middle of the compound. So we see a bit of orange between villas, and then suddenly, it's dark. So now we cherish each time we're out to see that beautiful desert glow.

We managed to walk far enough to find a little island just in time for the sunset:

Sunset. Need to see that beauty more often.

Eating dinner before heading home. The two preggos got the chairs. :)

I still really recommend Al Wakra for a day at the beach. It's close and convenient. But if you want to avoid the crowds, it's best to go in the morning/early afternoon. It was still far too hot for us to do so. But we're almost there... perfect Qatar weather will soon be upon us!

And if you want to hit low tide, check out one of the following sites (we for sure will next time):
http://www.myforecast.com/bin/tide.m?city=73575&metric=true&tideLocationID=T0011

or if you prefer graphs (I do):

http://www.windfinder.com/tide/al_wakrah

And finally, for directions to Al Wakra beach (super simple), check out kooki's post.

Heading out to Oman tomorrow for our Eid holiday... can't wait!!!

1 comment:

Erika said...

it all looks good to me:-)