Saudi Arabia
Makkah Province

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6 travelers at this place:

  • Day5

    1,2,3,4,5

    March 28 in Saudi Arabia

    After successful meetings in Riyadh I have arrived in Jeddah with the luxury of flying. It was much better than the 10 hour drive. I was greated by my long time driver and friend Ibrahim. I met him 5.5 years ago on my first trip and he has been with me almost in its entirety on my other travels here. His mother made us a wonderful home cooked lunch and in the evening I took them out to eat at a nice Turkish restaurant.
    The day wasn't all relaxing and eating though. We did get through inventory and began to pick up supplies.

    For those movie buffs or perhaps heggli/taylor nerds, I came across a situation that made my day. I was sitting with ibrahim and his brother, Ahmed, attempting to access their wifi. I asked them for the password. Before they replied i said "let me guess, it's 1,2,3,4,5". They looked at me shocked and laughed. They said "How did you know". I couldn't believe it. All I could think of is "that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. The kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage". It dawned on me, they had never seen Spaceballs and then it sunk in, they actually used 1,2 3,4,5 as a password without seeing spaceballs. I there fore had to show them the scene and we all had a good laugh
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  • Day19

    Taif and more rain

    April 11 in Saudi Arabia

    Last night we stayed in Taif, the 7th hotel in 7 days. It was not a successful day. Came across more rain and more wadis full of water. I normally i welcome the rain, but it is dreaded for this type of work. We continue to move on because we cannot wait around until the rain stops or wadis drain. Fortunately my team has been training well and will return to these locations at a later date. The last picture is the one that amazed me the most. I installed this station 2 years ago. Since that date, the sedinentation has risen the ground level across the channel by 3+ ft.

    Today we have a long drive as we strive to survey one location along a 550 mile drive north to Hail.
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  • Day2

    Inventory and ready to hit the road

    February 20, 2016 in Saudi Arabia

    Today we were able to go through all the equipment that has been sitting in jeddah for a year. Good news it is all there. Let's hope it all works. I put a couple pictures of our team and loading up. One cool thing about today is that I saw the future tallest building in the world under construction. It will be one km tall when complete. Tomorrow we head east over the mountains to Taif

  • Day12

    Starbucks in Taif

    March 24, 2015 in Saudi Arabia

    I forgot to post last night but we made it to taif, a vacation town in the mountains outside of Jeddah and Mecca. We even came across rain as we arrived in Taif. We are tearing ourselves to an iced coffee (a rare find in Saudi) before we depart. Notice the family only sign at Starbucks. We convinced the guy to let us in and serve us

  • Day1

    Quiet Dreams Apartment- Jeddah

    February 19, 2016 in Saudi Arabia

    Made it to my hotel after 26 hours of travel. Highlights of the day was some good food and a beer at 6am in Frankfurt followed by a nice sight of snow falling as we boarded the plane.
    My hotel is decent but i am in for some trouble because of the store located next door ;)

  • Day3

    Practice run in Taif

    February 21, 2016 in Saudi Arabia

    Today we made an attempt at installing or first wadi station. We knew it would be a trial run and would come across difficulties that would later be fixed with practice and efficiency but the thing that makes it most difficult is not having someone like Zach. Instructions are not very well understood due to language and oversight can be time consuming. One example is when instructed to drill two holes in line with each other on a pipe 3' apart, it was drilled 2'6" and not centered with each other.
    The photos today are a couple of us playing in the sand and scaffolding below a bridge, plus one of dinner
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  • Day6

    On to site 2

    February 24, 2016 in Saudi Arabia

    We finally finished our first site and will begin site number 2 today. One major delay was with the weather. We showed up to the location to finish it on Monday and the wind speeds were up to 30mph. We decided it was unsafe to be on scaffolding. Some other interesting situations were with our equipment truck getting stuck in the wadi and having a herd of goat approach us.

  • Day9

    Back on the road after an off day

    February 27, 2016 in Saudi Arabia

    Today we finished our 3rd site. Today we encountered some goats trying to get into our equipment and some stray camels. We cut our install time from a day and half to 6 hours to 3.5 hours. Though we have created better efficiency, we have our work cutout for us with a 400m wide wadi that is pure sand (which means or vehicles must stay out and we will have to hand carry or lower equipment from the bridge).Read more

  • Day10

    Jeddah

    March 22, 2015 in Saudi Arabia

    After a 700km drive we made it to Jeddah. Our driver invited us to stay at his house and his mom made us a great home cooked meal. We followed this up with a evening of hookah on the red sea

You might also know this place by the following names:

Makkah Province, La Mecque, Mekka

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