I always try to seize the moment, especially when it spells t-r-a-v-e-l.
No one knows how long one stays in one place or how long a place stays for us. Take two of my dream destinations for example: Bohol and Samar. Natural calamities and manmade disasters have destroyed some attractions in these places. But here in Riyadh, the government is busy restoring and developing places that were neglected or taken for granted. I just hope we'll stay a little longer to enjoy these places.
I'm not sure how long we will be allowed to work here because labor laws are being drafted – and hopefully cancelled – regarding the maximum stay of expats here. For that and my love for travel, I decided to squeeze the most out of our time here and explore this wonderful city whenever we can.
|the view of the valley from the hill|
Together with some friends, our family went to Prince Sattam Park one late Friday afternoon. The Wadi Namar Dam and the lake created from it is the main attraction of the park.
We wanted to go directly to the park but because getting lost is ALWAYS included in our travel itineraries, we reached the hill overlooking the lake first. God must've maneuvered our car to this hill because it led us to enjoy the breathtaking view of the lake and the warm hues of the sunset. Such a perfect combination for travel magazine-worthy pictures.
|There were small caves on the hills like the one on the right|
|My research says that this lake is 50 meters deep!|
A big park signage presents the plans to put footpaths at the top of the dam and the hills overlooking the lake– that’s where we were in the pictures - to serve as seating areas for visitors. These footpaths will enable the park goers to enjoy the majestic view of the valley, the lake and the sunset (or the sunrise if you prefer to come in the morning) from the dam.
|I wonder how that truck got there!|
|I am so clueless on the name of this plant. Maybe, it's called Lycium arabicum.|
|The Wadi Namar Dam|
We knew it's time to change perspectives when we've taken pictures of the valley and the lake in all angles from where we were. So off we drove to the park and were greeted by long queues of cars looking for parking spaces. One tip here: if you can go there on weekdays, then do so. Reserve the park on Fridays for those who have all the time in the world to look for parking spaces. There will always be some but you can find them at the farthest part of the park.
Also, when you like peace and quiet, don't go there on a Friday. But if you are like us who enjoy the sight of kids running around the park in roller skates, families gathering for barbecue dinners, and more people just enjoying walking and sitting near the lake, then Friday it is for you.
|I would like to linger to enjoy this beautiful view but I didn't. Just couldn't.|
|I just told you, the water is 50 meters deep!|
|It's best to come here during winter months.|
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