Sand Dunes, Disco Boat Party, Har Shlomi...Oh My!
As we enter our last few days all together we have been doing some amazing things. From a disco boat party on the Red Sea (which was awesome...Batman even made a surprise appearance!), and running down sand dunes. Last night we slept under the stars in preparation for Mount Shlomo (or Shlomi as some like to call it!) We all had a barbeque the night before and celebrated the Jewish holiday Tu B'Av, which is a lot like Valentines day. We all sat in a circle and got a piece of paper with a certain name on it. We then wrote down a short excerpt about the person and what we liked about them. It was a really great bonding experience and put everyone in a great mood. We then were rushed to bed to try and squeeze in a couple hours of sleep. At the lovely hour of 3 o'clock, yes AM, we woke up to get ready for the big day, we were conquering Mount Shlomo. We left the camp ground at about 4:00 and began our journey. This being our last hike, we were all pretty excited. We had been warned that this was a challenging but an absolutely incredible hike. We were also pressed for time on the way up trying to beat the sunrise. Just as we were grinding our teeth together and feeling the cringe in our legs we pushed our way upwards for the final stretch and just caught the sun. Unlike the sunrise in Masada, the view was completely different. From this mountain peak we saw four countries surrounding us; Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and Israel. It was the most spectacular view we have ever seen. The phrase 'breathtaking' does not do it justice. I have to admit that this view at the very top was well worth the struggle. As we finally got to the bottom of the mountain it was 9:35. This five hour hike really pushed all of us to our limits.We are now traveling from Eilat back to Jerusalem. It's been about a four hour bus ride and for the first time maybe the whole summer the bus is silent. No one is pranking one another while sleeping or singing at the top of their lungs. Exhaustion has settled in and everyone is squeezing in as much sleep as possible before the Shabbat festivities begin tonight. Our last shabbat together will be very special. Our lack of sleep will obviously not get in the way of celebrating our last weekend of being together. Tonight will be nothing short of amazing with a lot of laughter and memories. Everyone is getting excited to see their families again but until then enjoy your shabbat!