Thou Shalt Not...
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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…‘drop thy camera lens from 12 feet’
…‘stand at the top of the mount without warm clothing’
So many commandments I didn’t know about and broke today!
Today we actually tore ourselves away from beach-ville to head into the mountains in the center of the Sinai today. Rising up and up and up, it was quite the opposite experience from the diving Brian’s been doing the last few days.
What a barren desolate landscape with bare rocky mountains and no vegetation whatsoever. How did Moses lead a million people through this wilderness and survive? Nothing lives here, it seems! I guess that’s what makes it all the more remarkable, and necessary to rely on faith. Without water springing forth from rocks and manna from heaven they could not have done it!
Fighting our way through the crowds of men trying to sell camel rides up the mountian now, we broke away from the crowds. 1000’s of people trek out to the middle of nowhere to look at the monestary, but hardly any attempt to climb the mountain. Only about a dozen or 2 ventured up so we were able to climb in relative silence and isolation.
There are 2 paths up the mountain: the camel track and the steps of repentance. We took
At the top there are beautiful views sweeping the surrounding mountains and valleys. But there is also very cold air and icy winds. Even being there mid day, we huddled in our thin jackets under blankets trying to stay warm. Eventually the cold got to us and we headed down before the sun set.
To get down, we took the steps of repentance and were quite glad that we weren’t navigating them in the dark. They are very uneven rocks with lots of twists and turns. The half moon cast an eerie glow lighting up the sands of the desert making them look like snow.