The Sultanate of Oman has a lovely coast line, with beaches and diving and all that, but the country stretches inland quite a ways, far from the coast. And, you know, it’s the Middle East.  It’s like 120 degrees out there.

So what do you? Why, you find your nearest wadi.

A wadi is what I’d describe as a wash — it’s a channel or a ravine that’s dry, except for when it rains. There are also wadis in Oman that are more like lakes. But this one that I visited a couple of weeks ago is more like a narrow river. Luckily, it had rained not long before I got there.

Kick your shoes off, walk on the stones, cool off and get something of a free pedicure.