Camels lined up along road near Salalah, Oman

Camels along the road near Salalah, Oman


Gregg II trying on a fez in Salalah, Oman

Gregg II trying on a fez with his new outfit in Salalah, Oman

The Gregg A Granger

Family Adventure

   Oman and Yemen



Just a beautiful girl in black headscarf and burqa

We just think she's so pretty


A market street in Old Sana'a, Yemen

A market street in Old Sana'a, Yemen



We also visit Job’s tomb. The Old Testament Job is an Islamic prophet. During our drive through the mountains, we stop to visit a pack of camels, laugh at the camel crossing signs on the road, and see the frankincense groves along the way. Frankincense is a large woody shrub or small tree, grown gnarly from arid winds blowing over the area. Frankincense and myrrh are the crystallized sap of these plants, burned as incense. (page 180)



There exists a sensational aspect to reports of yacht piracy, differentiated from commercial piracy, in this area. We depart Oman for Aden on March 7 to sail through an area known as Pirate Alley. We name ourselves The Camel Convoy for the six-hundred-mile journey. The others are Aldebaran from Ireland, Li from Sweden, Windpocke from Germany (I ask, and Windpocke means “barnacle of the wind” in Deutsch), and Pacific Bliss from America. We have a good time, maintain minimal radio contact, and never give away our position, having heard that pirates listen to the radio too. When the first fishing boat comes alongside the leading boat, Pacific Bliss, we all flex our sphincters and converge on them until they radio to tell us the guys are asking for water and cigarettes in exchange for fresh fish.

Greggii and I wait in Faith’s cockpit for a boat to come to us. One finally comes, and Greggii gives them a bottle of water and a pack of cigarettes and receives some fish that were curing in their bilge for several days. We wait until the fishermen are out of sight before releasing their gift. Greggii and I are dressed in our Omani garb for the passage, figuring if anybody with devious intentions approaches, we’ll tell them the white guys are on the other boats. (page 181)




Eggs are not refrigerated in most parts of the country

Home is the only country we've been to that refrigerates eggs. If eggs and most produce are never refrigerated, they last considerably longer.





The Grangers eating out in Aden

Eating dinner in Aden, Yemen





Gregg II and a friend for the picture in Sana'a

Gregg II and a friend in Sana'a Yemen



Smile for your picture

Say, "Cheese" for the picture