Saturday, August 28, 2010
Background Picture: The Medina Road Going Towards Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
This month's background image is from my spring 2010 trip to the Middle East. This is the Medina Road, the major highway connecting Muslim holy city of Medina, Saudi Arabia to the capital of the country, Riyadh. About 10 miles outside of Riyadh the Medina Road leaves an old wadi (dry river bed) and goes up an escarpment. Once cars go up the escarpment the feeling of one is near Riyadh is felt. In fact, when people go down the escarpment away from Riyadh they feel they are outside the greater capital area and in the more wild, rugged, and free wilderness. Cars will pull off the road and families will leave the cars in order to have picnics in the desert. That is one way Riyadhians get away from the city and enjoy nature.