Spring has come here in the kingdom, and the winter winds have slowly gone away. It won't feel too cold for picnics in the park or morning walks anymore. My husband and I planned to visit one of the lakes just around Riyadh, since we wanted to go somewhere because we had a stressful week.
The initial plan was to visit Wadi Hanifah on Saturday morning. We saved the route in Google map, followed the directions but we did not find any access going to the lake. We were a little disappointed so we searched again for another lake nearby and found Wadi Namar. With the directions we found and signage along the way, it was easier to find this lake.
It was still early when we reached Wadi Namar. Few families were already gathering around for picnic. There were children enjoying their bicycles, and groups of women enjoying their walk while chatting. Some men preferred sitting on their picnic mats while enjoying their cups of tea. We looked for a bench where we could eat our sandwiches and coffee before finally walking along the park. Next time, we'll buy a mat that we could bring for times like this.
Palm trees and seating benches are plenty in the park. The sun was up but the wind was still a bit cold that morning. Unfortunately, we did not bring sweater because winter is over, but walking kept us warm. The lake was calm even when some ducks were swimming and looking for food. A man feeding the ducks with leftover bread greeted us "As-salamu alaykum." Indeed, it was a peaceful morning.
|In between the palm trees.|
|Michael posing after looking at the ducks and the not-so-clean water|
|My husband and I snapped a quick shot on top of the dam before we left.|
|A view from the top.|
We had fun spending our morning by the lake. The only thing that concerns me is the rubbish that's all over the place. There were trash bins in every side but it seems that some people frequenting the place are not responsible enough with their waste. Yes, there are cleaners assigned to manage the park, but we should not just leave our rubbish behind. This simple practice of cleaning up before we go can help a lot. Anyway, we had a splendid morning in Wadi Namar!
You can check this page for other photos of this place. You can use this location map of Wadi Namar if you're planning to visit. :)