So yesterday I did something completely outside of my comfort zone and not a typical Mallory thing. I climbed these huge rocks that hurt when you fall (trust me I know) to get this beautiful pool of water in the mouth of a cave.
From the moment I got here everyone talked about wadi shab. These magical water caves where you can go spelunking (something I wanted to do as a child because the word sounded cool). When I heard water and spelunking I wanted to be signed up immediately and it was free! We had to pay for transportation though. I was really excited and looking forward to it.
It was best to wear shorts, a shirt, and sneakers for this little adventure. We had to hike to get to the magical waters. So we started out the walk in about 102 degree weather. At first it was fine then we had to climb boulders. I am not the most athletic or fit person so this I would say was very difficult for me. But I was blessed to be doing this with great friends so I had help along the way. I felt a little like the annoying city girl trying to be one with nature, like the almost step-mom in parent trap, but it’s okay my friends didn’t seem too bothered. At one point I wanted to go back, you know when the sun gets to you, you start saying things you don’t mean. But I trudged on. One of our friends actually had to go back because he broke his toe.
When we finally reached the destination the journey felt worth it. The water was beautiful! Just as all the water has been since we got here. I can’t really put into words the beauty of this or the feeling of being inside a cave filled with the water. The most amazing thing I have ever done. Even the pictures don’t do it justice. When we got there, there were Omani men already there jumping from the top of rocks into the water. It looked fun. Something I did not do, but I highly recommend it. It makes for great pictures as well. Swimming was the absolute best part of this whole journey. I could not have been happier.
Now the journey back was a hard one. It took a lot less time than getting there like most trips. I tried to keep a positive attitude at the beginning. Then I was out of water in the hot sun in the middle of the day. So positivity went down a little. I fell and now have a huge bruise on my thigh which hurt a lot. I unfortunately got dehydrated, but once again my friends were extremely kind and helped me out. We also ran into another group from Portugal who were very kind as well. A few others and myself had to drink water from the river because we ran out of water. Now it wasn’t disgusting because everything taste good when you think you’re dying, but I would recommend sticking to water bottles. People and fish swim in that water so it might not be the cleanest. After becoming rehydrated and refreshed I trudged out the rest of the journey. And made it back safely only 30 minutes late.
So in conclusion, if you have the opportunity DO IT!!!! The destination is worth it. Make sure you bring lots of cold water. Not just one or two bottles. Maybe 3 or 4 per person. Wear sneakers. Our friend who broke his toe wore sandals. And lastly if you are not the most athletic person please be aware it is hard, but to say you completed the course is very worth it. And the water caves are worth it too.
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