Snowbird Report from The Atlas Mountains

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All winter, especially when stressed, I’ve looked to the Atlas Mountains from whence cometh my strength.  Surrounding Marrakesh the  snowy sentinels protect my heart and mind, particularly when work gets stressful.  I take my lunch and take to the hills.  Literally.  Staring at their beauty is a breather that calms my soul.

Seeing pictures from home of Kentucky and Tennessee buried under record snow  made me want to join the fun from afar. When teaching there I prayed with my kids that Channel 4’s Snowbird (a puppet penguin) would say schools were closed. NEVER did I get the time off they’ve gotten this year.

With predictions that temps in Marrakesh would climb to the low 80s this week, we wanted to play in the snow at least once this winter while it remained.  So last Saturday I went to Oukaïmeden, a ski resort 75 kilometers from Marrakesh. There was one seat left in Ismail’s van which coworkers rented for the day.  Who else would we trust to drive us on possibly icy roads winding 10,500 feet up?

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We left at 8 AM and by 10 were having jam, bread, and fresh squeezed OJ overlooking the slopes.

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Only one of us skied this trip, using a guide, while the rest of us sledded.

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Even whiter and brighter than the snow on the bunny slopes were simultaneous smiles.  And even louder than the rap Red Bull played for the ski competition was the sound of laughter.

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Our Crew Photo by Laurie Neeno
Our Crew at lunch on the way back Photo by Laurie Neeno
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We ate on this rooftop.

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Location. Location. Location.  So thankful I can be at the beach in 2 hours west, the mountains in 2 hours east, and back in Marrakesh by a pool for sunset.

Cindy McCain

A Southern Girl Gone Global, I believe God calls us to journeys to find our way home--to the person He created us to be. In 2014 I left my empty nest and flew away, too. I landed in Africa. After two years in magical Morocco and one in the Caribbean, I moved back to Nashville where I tell tales from 27 countries travelled, look forward to the next trip, teach, learn, and discover new treasures everyday in my backyard. This travel/lifestyle blog is about letting go of fear, clinging to faith, and following your heart's desires. It's a celebration of beauty, adventure, and relationship. It's about freedom found in roots and wings.

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