Woke up early today and decided to run the two miles to the "downtown" center of the Dead Sea Resort Area. It was a GORGEOUS morning... but already warm. It was a hilly run (and I am SO not ready for San Francisco's Nike 1/2 marathon in Oct) but I made good time, saw other folks out walking and running and enjoyed the time alone to reflect on our trip thus far.
Today we leave the Dead Sea and Israel to transition to Egypt. For many of us: no more veggies and concerns about having an air conditioned bus are prevalent. After a breakfast laden with veggies and hummus we load up the bus and head south.
We drive down to Eilat by the Red Sea (which should have been REED Sea but a letter was lost in translation at some point.) First up, shopping for the famous Eilat stone: a type of turquoise found in the region which differs fro AZ turquoise because of extra minerals. Dan and I purchased matching Jerusalem crosses in Bethlehem with my birthstone, ruby, in the center. Dan's birthstone is turquoise, so I pick up a ring with his birthstone in it. It's gorgeous!
We load back in the bus and drive to the border where we say a tearful goodbye to Husam and Kobi - they have taken EXCELLENT care of us and we're sorry to leave them. Here's to hoping our guides in Egypt are as good.