DAY 12 – FRIDAY, MAY 5:
This morning most in the group got up at 12:30 a.m. for our hike up Mt. Sinai, a mountain of about 7,300 feet. It would be a remarkable night/morning here in the heart of the Sinai Desert!
At about 1 a.m. we were driven close to the St. Catherine’s Monastery. It is at this 4th century Greek Orthodox monastery where the trail to the top begins. Some in the group hiked while others rode a camel about two-thirds of the way up. After the trail ends, the steps begins. These are steps that were cut into the rock by monks over the last 15 centuries or so.
Arriving at the top in time for sunrise over Saudi Arabia was simply spectacular, breath-taking actually! So was the hike back down. The views were equally stunning! “Moses” read from Exodus 20! We arrived down about 7:45 a.m. At St. Catherine’s Monastery, we read Exodus 3 and were remembered Moses and the burning bush story and his encounter with God on this mountain!
After going back to the hotel to shower and eat breakfast, we drove to Sharm el Sheik, Egypt’s Red Sea resort town. We enjoyed relaxing on the beach for a brief time. The water’s clarity and beauty is really remarkable!
Driving to the airport, we boarded our plane for our flight to Cairo. Flying over the Sinai and then the Nile River region was amazing too. Landing in Cairo, we loaded our bus and drove to our hotel located right on the Nile River. We checked in and enjoyed dinner together.
We are looking to spending the next two days in Cairo!
DAY 13 – SATURDAY, MAY 6: CAIRO, GREAT PYRAMIDS, SPHINX, MEMPHIS