Israel trip: Jacob Solomon

If you are a morning person, then today was certainly the day for you. However, if you aren’t a morning person like me it started off as a bumpy ride. We woke up at 4:30 A.M. and got ready for the day. The day started off with a 1-hour (ish) bus ride to the Eilat Mountains where we hiked up one of the taller mountains in the range. The view was gorgeous. Everything was so quiet that it felt like I was in a big, white room (but I wasn’t in a big, white, air conditioned room; I was in the 93°F heat…but that’s ok!). The hike was two and a half hours of natural beauty and amazement. Millions of years have gone by to intricately place those rocks and boulders in the spaces that they are today. It was, for sure, no exceptions, one of my favorite things one the entire trip. From the peak of the mountain we were able to see 4 countries- Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and of course Israel.

Snorkeling was also a very cool part of the trip in Eilat. The coral reef. is the attraction that draws in most of the money for the southern most city in the Holy Land. (I did a project on Eilat, so I know some of the big details) Under the blue, heavy water hides a colorful world where fish and sea creatures call their home. It was cool to be literally inches away from sea life and their natural habitat. Even though I’ve gone snorkeling before, this was more of a live experience in the country that I call my homeland.

We also went Banana boating off the Eilat coast. That was fun activity. We climbed into these blue banana looking rafts that were attached to a speedboat and we were pulled around. We got soaked from head to toe! I really enjoyed it.

It’s the end of the day now. The sun is beginning to set, and the clouds flow in. The sky is painted with all different shades of red and yellow. Looking back on the day, it was a fun one. We did so many things that I would love to do again-hiking, swimming, snorkeling. Now, we are looking forward to our evening program; which is (drumroll…) rolling down sand dunes! I’m so excited! This is what this trip is all about. Bonding with my friends while doing an activity that we are going to have fun doing. I can’t wait! So…Brb (be right back)…rolling down sand dunes!

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