Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, August 11, 2008

MOROCCO: INTO THE ATLAS –PART 2

In the winter, the Great Atlas Mountains are impassible due to snow. This snow melts in the spring and turns dry stream beds into raging torrents, making travel equally dangerous. But this same snow melt means life to the mountain Berbers and to those living in Marrakech. C.E. Andrews, who traveled into the Atlas during the summer, (Old Morocco and the Forbidden Atlas, 1922), described underground conduits that carried water from the foothills to the city and deep wells tap into the conduits south of the city.

Journeying into the mountains in the early 1920’s was hazardous at any time of the year for solitary travelers. The roads were little more than narrow winding trails (see arrows in photos 1 and 2) that often hugged the edges of steep precipices.










Some of these trails have been widened and paved in modern times (photo 3).


Paths were also guarded by tribal rulers (Kaids) who might demand a steep payment, including one's life, for passing through their lands.

NEXT WEEK: INTO THE ATLAS – villages in the mountains.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter (to be released in paperback October 2008). The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, will be available in hardcover January 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com

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