Of mighty Land Cruisers and indomitable human enthusiasm!

Morning folks!

We headed off to another “beach” yesterday.

Promises of gritty sand and blue waters in the air….

Had a sumptuous lunch at a small but tasteful Indian restaurant, then braved the vesicating afternoon sun and drove off along Al Shamal Road toward Fuwairit Beach.

Lil Z will give you all the thrilling particulars of how to get there and so on, but Dr J feels compelled to report and comment on events that highlight the indomitableness of human enthusiasm and the might of the National Vehicle of Qatar-  The Mighty, All- Conquering, King of the Road; The Land Cruiser!

Dr J has always imagined Toyota dedicating entire car- making cities as factories that produce the Land Cruiser.

One city for each GCC country.

They are omnipresent here.

Ubiquitous.

An identity.

A symbol.

A special licence to drive in the left- lane.

A permit to speed, overtake, flash and occasionally honk.

A lion is a lion, whether he is caged in a zoo or petted at home. But to see him in all his glory- put him in the jungle.

That is his terrain.

What he was made for.

The Land Cruiser is a behemothical nuisance on congested, urban roads and hard- to -get parking bays. But in the desert and on the sand, he is a sight to behold!

On his terrain...
On his terrain…

 

That said, it the man that maketh the machine.

Man with the sheer weight of his will and determination, coupled with ample enthusiasm and optimism can conquer any terrain.

Be it a beat-up 2001 Lancer or a spiffy, front- wheel drive sedan; you make do with what you have.

Enough with the back story… So what do you do, if you have to head to a sandy beach and have not a 4 X 4 on hand?

You park away and walk?

Naaaa.

You try your luck with whatever you have!

Let the fun and games begin, friends!

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Oops… This the first time Dr J heard grown men giggle so much!! Pushing cars out of the sand seems like so much fun!

 

Oops, let me dig my car out now... Ugh wish someone would come to help!
Oops, let me dig my car out now… Ugh wish someone would come to help!

 

And here they come.....In droves! Yay...so much fun...
And here they come…..In droves! Yay…so much fun…

 

This uncle, just saw the other car being pushed out...and then went ahead and drove into the same pit!
This uncle, just saw the other car being pushed out…and then went ahead and drove into the same pit!

 

The experts dole out their advice...to a very confused driver...
The experts dole out their advice…to a very confused driver… while The Land Cruiser waits patiently..

 

Car after car, fall into the same pit! Of course barring the LAndcruisers and Patrols and the like...
Car after car, falls into the same pit! Of course barring the Land Cruisers and Patrols and the like…

 

Another one bites the dust!
Another one bites the dust!

 

And then this happens! No amount of load- shedding and pushing and wetting the sand helped!
And then this happens! No amount of load- shedding and pushing and wetting the sand helped!

 

By now, it almost seemed like people were having so much fun that they were falling into it on purpose!
By now, it almost seemed like people were having so much fun that they were falling into it on purpose!

 

The number of "pushers" were rising...Some seemed to be "professional pushers"...
The number of “pushers” were rising…Some seemed to be “professional pushers”…

 

This guy just lay there...
This guy just lay there…

 

Until the beasts, the Kings of the Sand; arrived- to give him some V8 muscled hands!
Until the beasts, the Kings of the Sand; arrived- to give him some V8 muscled hand!

 

So, pulling the truck out of the sand was child’s play for Mr Land Cruiser. And then Mr H dragged J away from the scene. She sulked and followed him to the beach, after all that was what she came for!

She wanted to help push the cars and zig- zag the steering though. That seemed like MORE FUN!

Till next time…

Dr J.

 

 

 

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