Saturday, April 3, 2010
Summit of Sinai
We were greeted with an amazing sunrise at the top of Mt. Sinai this morning. This site occupies a holy place for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as it is believed to be the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. The hike started at about 1 am, and with a couple breaks for Bedouin tea along the way, we made the summit by about 4:30 am and had plenty of time to enjoy the view. A waning but still bright moon helped light the way and allowed us to dodge the dozens of camels lining the path. At the base of the climb sits St. Catherine's Monastery, we could walk the exterior grounds but unfortunately the interior is closed until Tuesday since it is Easter weekend. But after a basically sleepless light, we were just as happy to return to Dahab around 10:30 am and take it easy. It's been a long night so we'll probably get back to Dahab's main attraction, loafing on the Red Sea.