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Shifting Sands by Steve Donahue

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Chapter Five

Step Away from Your Campfire

In a dark time, the eye begins to see.

—Theodore Roethke, “In a Dark Time,”

The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke

The Frenchmen’s departure left me with a strange mixture of regret, fear, and excitement. I wished I had gotten to know them better, but now they were gone T and we were truly alone. It seemed that the journey was just beginning.

Jean-Luc had given us the one thing we needed more than anything else: cold, hard cash. To preserve our precious currency, we decided to camp in open desert several miles outside of the oasis. We hitched a ride with some Swedes who were heading into the Hoggar Mountains and found a flat spot on top of a rocky hill near some dunes.

The Sahara is relatively young ...

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