My friend Billy and I were dropped off at a gift shop by our regular private tour guide outside of this national park. A local Bedouin man in a white 4x4 jeep picked us up to embark on the journey into his territory. We drove by the train station used in the movie. That’s a real working station with rail tracks. Then we left the paved highway to go off-roading over the sand. Before arriving at the first vista point, our driver performed a few horse riding tricks using the vehicle. He even yelled out “yee-haw” for his American audience. That brought out the cowboy in me. I yearned to tame this uncharted land.
Across from the camp was a sandy slope. Other tourists all climbed up, so we did too. Standing on the hill, Billy and I executed a bit of a fashion shoot. The lighting and the angle were just right. In my mind, I transformed from a Starfleet officer into a fake prince of the royal kingdom of Arabia.