Starting with a hike in the Red Canyon in the foothills of Eilat, tiredness never quite set in, replaced by goofiness. Back in Eilat; Julia, Heather, Beverlyn and I chill at the beach for a bit before heading back to the boardwalk for a leisurely stroll and lunch for which Miki and Shifi join us again. They are unbelievably nice and I look forward to seeing their son Tal in Tel Aviv later in the trip!
Back on the bus and just before the thought of being tired hits, we arrive at Mamshit Camel Ranch! We all hop on some camels and go for a trek into the desert Bedouin-style. They are surprisingly mild as I remember the animals to be nasty and smelly. I change into my ninja outfit (all black thermal long johns that are so awesomely awesome)
to get ready for the cold night to come. The new look gives me energy to relive my days as a free safety for the Sigma Chi intramural football team as our group gets a game together after being inspired by the Giants the night/morning before. The sun sets and we have a Bedouin Hafla (feast) that is just as good if not better than the Druze meal.
Served similarly in a group setting and on the ground with amazing and strong tea, I eat until I'm certain I can't anymore.
We head into another tent for a little music and wind up getting a "trip around the world" with this band playing musical instruments from all over the world and not just the region.
We bang on some drums and enjoy some tea infused with peach vodka before heading out to a bonfire to listen to some music, pass a hookah and relax under the stars (which weren't quite out given the cloud situation).
The night ends with a card game dubbed 'animals', taught to us by an Israeli soldier, Avihay. Another simple game that provides entirely way too much amusement, this game requires that each person pick an animal and each time your card played matches the laid down by someone else, you need to make their animal's noise before they make yours. I'm perfectly warm the whole night despite everyone else complaining how freezing cold it was and I attribute this to my ninja outfit, which made me rather invisible all night long!
Side note: don't think sleeping in one big tent after having a bunch of sick kids is a good idea, which is backed up by a trip to the hospital for some of our sicker people the next day.
My alarm has now been changed to Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds' which opens with the line, "Don't worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright!" This minor adjustment feels like the best thing I've ever done when the alarm sounds a short 45 minutes after my head hit the pillow. For some reason I take this advice to heart and am as energetic as ever throughout the day!