The Hiker’s Maxim: “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time (J.K.).”
One of the things that I find most interesting about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is its fairly barren terrain. It is something truly pulchritudinous to someone rising from the Far East. Philippines has a completely different surface features. The kingdom boasts countless free-for-the-eyes rock formations so a traveler’s lens will have all the panoramic views, among other subjects, to feast on.
The Hidden Valley (Wadi Nissah), which is located at approximately 80 kilometers southwest of the capital city and only a fifteen-minute drive from the quad biking central (Red Sand), is one of the ancient places that brandish such feature. The valley is fortressed by some of the kingdom’s most towering autochthonous rocky hills. Hence, the name Hidden Valley. This spot is a geographical site to lay eyes on where vast sandstone and granite ridges ascend from desert sands to create spectacular shapes due to years of erosion from desert springs.
Hidden Valley does not only feed the optical organs with awesome rock outcrops; it also gives hiking warriors an opportunity to hop on the battlefield—a salivating treat for the wandering feet.
Clambering onto the bristly ridges on the way to the peak is an absolute requirement.
Given the choice, I would have gotten to not only one but to every peak of visible Rockies in the area.
The most striking charms of the valley are seen at the rocky hills’ respective highest points. At that platform, savoring the entirety of the place is literally breathtaking—the blue skies, the sandstone walls of the mighty fortress, the dense foliage of few shrubs along the perimeter, and the quiet dunes visible in the distance. Everything in sight is just disarming (except for the “almost petroglyphs” grotesquely scrawled on the nearby cliff).
I cannot help kudizing the sun that was on deck by giving the amount of light enough to help me doff the valley’s glory.
Being in the valley on that fateful day of 19 October 2012 did not only satisfy my feet’s longing for hiking and my eyes’ craving for natural views but my soul’s aching for connection with the Aura up in the skies. Conversing with Him at the peak of a high place is as good as whispering my thoughts into His ear.
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How to get to Hidden Valley? Click here for the map.
- Saudi Eases Access to Long-Hidden Ancient Ruins (2012thebigpicture.wordpress.com)
- The Arabian Continent (geopolicraticus.wordpress.com)
- The Beginnings of A Saudi Arabian Adventure (fashionschooldaily.com)
- A Hike to Hidden Valley (natureofphotography.wordpress.com)
- Hidden Valley Ranch Fest (nwkshrn.wordpress.com)