Road to Marrakech

The road to Marrakesh crossed more desert piste, then a stop for lunch and carpet shopping, and across the Haut Atlas and down to Marrakesh. The road over the mountains is amazing and beautiful. But it was a long, hot drive and our poor driver, Abdo, was exhausted by the tiime we arrived. We were rather tired, ourselves.
From desert to Marrakesh  Here, the desert piste is flat From desert to Marrakesh  Fossils in the rocks show that this was once the floor of a sea or lake, the Chigaga From desert to Marrakesh  Mesa looming above the rig From desert to Marrakesh  Finer sand, and some greenery
From desert to Marrakesh  Our 4wd parked on a ridge where the stones contain fossiles From desert to Marrakesh  Acacia trees From desert to Marrakesh  Siv and acacia From desert to Marrakesh  Rocks to rival the American south-west
From desert to Marrakesh  The road runs on toward the hills From desert to Marrakesh  Rocks of all sizes From desert to Marrakesh  Foum-Zguid, desert outpost From desert to Marrakesh  Roadside bled
From desert to Marrakesh  Rock messages on the slopes From desert to Marrakesh  A dry ouedh From desert to Marrakesh  Mosque and mesa From desert to Marrakesh  Palms and ouedh
From desert to Marrakesh  Palms and tourist From desert to Marrakesh  The patterns and colors on the rocks were unbelievable From desert to Marrakesh  Beautiful contours From desert to Marrakesh  And what colors, from the yellow-green foreground vegetation to the gray and white peaks of the Haut Atlas
From desert to Marrakesh  Tazenakht, weaving Berber rugs From desert to Marrakesh  A difficile choice of carpets From desert to Marrakesh  Delicious couscous lunch at the carpet fabrique From desert to Marrakesh  Carpets airing
From desert to Marrakesh  Terrace of the carpet fabrique From desert to Marrakesh  Heading northwest, towards the Haut Atlas From desert to Marrakesh  Peaks of the Haut Atlas From desert to Marrakesh  Snow on the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains (higest peak, Jebel Toubkal at 4167m)
From desert to Marrakesh  Cliffs and fields From desert to Marrakesh  Wonderful colors of Morocco! From desert to Marrakesh  And more colors! From desert to Marrakesh  Tizi-n-Tichka, 2260m, over the top
From desert to Marrakesh  The road down the northern side is something else From desert to Marrakesh  Switchbacks coming down from Tichka Pass From desert to Marrakesh  Rugged country From desert to Marrakesh  Walnut trees and mountains
From desert to Marrakesh  Gnarled walnut trees From desert to Marrakesh  Above, the snows of the High Atlas