|with Abdo my camel. Camel rentals at the foot of Mt Sinai cost $25 (one way).|
|Saleh, my Bedouin companion. You have to prepare loose dollars for tipping by the way. $1-2 would be okay. Wag niyo hayaan mangulit ha. Some of them can be very pushy.|
We began our ascent to Mt Sinai a little after midnight and reached the summit just in time for the sunrise. As we reached the foot of the mountain, we were welcomed by Bedouins who rented their camels out and accompanied us up. It took a while for my eyes to adjust to the darkness, so I used my LED lamp but later, my Bedouin companion Saleh told me to turn off the light.
My camel Abdo was quite competitive as he kept overtaking the two other camels with us. Nakakatakot pa dun, when he would overtake, pag-tingin ko sa side ko bangin! The camel ride took two hours and as I looked up at the sky, a calmness overwhelmed me even if it was freakin' cold. We rode under a canopy of beautiful stars and the bright moon light and at that moment I whispered "God, Your creation is so beautiful! Thank you for letting me see the sky as Moses might have seen it as he went on his way up the mountain."
|Pastor Larry, our spiritual leader for the tour.|
|The sun has started to peek|
|The sun on it's way up, kissing the tops of the mountains|
|Digging through my backpack for snacks. Some climb that was!|
|St Catherine Monastery|
|A Bedouin tent|