Hilton Eilat Queen of Sheba
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We were spending the night on the edge of a giant crater. The sun was going to come up on the other side. It would happen at 6:00am. We were there.
A group of about 10 of us all banded together to watch the sunrise crest the distant horizon on the other side of the Maktesh Ramon. The first few of us rose at 5:40, and the rest followed about 10 minutes later. Once we got to the rim of the crater, we spread out for the first few pictures. The girls mostly ...
... was a pretty lacklustre sunrise and then had another breakfast of flat bread and spreads. It would be pretty hard to expect more than this though considering our location.
After breakfast we got some last shots and plenty of mental pictures of our digs before leaving camp in our dust, literally.Back at the village we met our bus and loaded up for our drive to one of our most anticipated activities and a modern wonder of the world.
... was consistently to be the highlight of our travels here.
Our cab driver deposited us at the Intercontinental Hotel after a 20 minute ride – during which I resolved that renting a car in Jordan was probably not wise; it’s not India but it’s not Indiana. The Intercontinental is a gigantic pile of swank on the edge of the Red Sea; we were – again – enthusiastically welcomed and shown to our room; ...
... enough. After checking in we walked down to the main strip of hotels, shops, and entertainment in search of some dinner. The highlight of this excursion was watching people launching themselves into near orbit inside a spherical cage, mounted on bungee cords. We were almost able to talk the kids into going, but not quite.
The next day we visited an underwater observatory. The Red Sea is known ...
... what she's used to. The second dive was a wreck dive, which featured a large cargo ship sitting perfectly on its side. The wreck is new enough that it was still fairly well intact, but old enough that a fair amount of coral was growing on it, which was home to many fish.
Also while in Aqaba, we decided to try out a Turkish bath. For those unfamiliar with a Turkish bath, it basically entails getting hot and cold water poured over you, sitting in ...