Post­cards p. 12

Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Contents - Wahiba Sands, Oman

Reader images: surfers in Oman and more.

My friends and I were in Oman to surf, and had headed to the north coast around Al Ashkharah. The jour­ney there re­quired a di­ver­sion around the Wahiba Sands, an area of road­less desert. After leav­ing our van on the side of the road and set­ting off over the Wahiba Sands in the gen­eral di­rec­tion of the In­dian Ocean, we con­sulted a com­pass and GPS unit and turned left – and en­tered a shim­mer­ing world of sand, of end­less empty dunes back­lit in the af­ter­noon light. I was a lit­tle be­hind the group, so I was able to get this shot of them car­ry­ing their surf­boards through the desert. An hour of hot hik­ing later, we ar­rived at an empty beach pounded by high waves. We surfed alone un­til it was time to trek back across the dunes to the car be­fore night­fall.

About the pho­tog­ra­pher: John Seaton Cal­la­han was born in Hawaii and now lives in Sin­ga­pore.

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