From the swarms of crabs rolling across the beach, the militant camels that would raid our flour supplies, evening camp fires with our new Omani friends and of course the jet black night sky...
What I'm really interested in doing is introducing citizen science to people who have never tried it, never heard of it and think it sounds boring.
Geology rocks. With that out of the way, onwards to explore the surprising variety of citizen geo-science projects that you can get involved in.
You can help monitor phytoplankton in the worlds oceans by building a simple Secchi Disk and joining the Secchi Project.
I'll be the first to admit that it can be tough to persuade people to assess the health of trees or fish around in ponds for amphibians, but butterflies really sell themselves.
The newest initiative in my Year of Citizen Science, this month we're on the look out for invasive pests.
Now entering its fourth year, the annual Plantlife wildflowers count survey is carried out by volunteers across the country.
Spring finally seems to be on it's way and with it will come some of the UK's most exotic and exciting species.
Once upon a time heroic gentleman explorers set off for strange new exotic lands on the insatiable hunt for new species.
This month the challenge is easy, and takes barely a moment. Commit yourself to becoming a Citizen Scientist by signing up to some of the worthwhile projects kicking off this year.
To kick off my year of citizen science, I challenge you to become camera trap experts.