Published: January 17th 2009November 15th 2008
This shot is on the way to the pools, but gives an impression of the view along the way.
Although many people quickly understand the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as Dubai and nothing more (while there are a few who perhaps even know of Abu Dhabi as well), there is in fact much more to see and enjoy in the country. Being from Colorado myself and having developed an appreciation for the outdoors, the UAE provides many opportunities besides shopping! For people who would like to enjoy the outdoors life of this area, I strongly suggest you pick up a 4-wheel drive vehicle, and an outdoor travel book. Once you have these and some safety provisions, you are ready to do some true exploration.
One aspect that I have really come to value in the area is the open land and places to go to. So long as you can keep general track of where you are going, you can have a great time away from the metropolis.
As for this trip, I went with a few friends to the famous Hatta pools. Out in the middle of the desert, these pools exist that can provide a nice afternoon of getting away from the hustle and bustle. Considering how busy and crazy the city can be, taking time
More of the view on the way
These mountains are a bit different then the Rocky mountians.
off to be away from cars honking and people in a hurry is a very pleasant experience. Some areas of the pools were quite deep, and if a person is willing to risk it, provides some chances for cliff jumping. I was happy enough just lounging in the pool and eating some food.
Beyond that, there isn't too much to add to this entry. I was in a beautiful place away from the city, with great friends and some delicious food. For anyone who lives or plans on traveling to the UAE, this is a simple reminder that much more exist then just the city.
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