Tonight, once we arrived in Siwa, we hiked up the ruins of the old town for sunset. It was beautiful to watch the sun dip beneath the sand dunes and mountains.
Travel day today to our last oasis at Siwa. I was excited to arrive here as I had been hearing good things about the town. It is definitely the nicest of the three desert towns we have stayed in. Since Siwa is so close to the Libyan border, about 40km away, it is quite a process to travel from Bahariya there. In addition to getting permissions from the police office, there are 8 checkpoints along the way we had to stop for. Nothing crazy at all though. You literally pull up, pass one guy the permission forms and while he is checking them out, our drivers sit and drink tea with the other soldiers on duty. They are thorough though. They kept counting us and checking to make sure numbers matched. I guess they worry about someone purposely being left behind in the desert or being picked up near the border. We had one stop along the way, at a huge rock formation that is called the ship because of the way it looks. The really cool part is that the whole area used to be a sea bed so there are fossilized shells all the way up the side of this rock formation and the ground is completely littered in them. Very cool!