Interior view of King Saud University main building in Riyadh
The pair's trip to the desert, about 50 miles outside Riyadh, occurred the day after a torrential downpour, filling normally dry river beds and attracting city dwellers to marvel at the abundance of water. The biggest surprise to Limbird was to be shown huge hail stones that had fallen about 12 hours before being shown them. "They must have been the size of baseballs or grapefruit when they fell', observed Limbird. The desert terrain was reminiscent to Limbird of scrub brush land in west Texas.
Thanks to use of a modern thermos, the tea enjoyed in the desert was prepared before setting out. "Sharing cups of tea in the desert with my friend Abdullah will rank high in my memory of great moments with BSU alumni around the world," said Limbird.
Huge hail storms 12 hours after having fallen in the desert outside Riyadh