|View from the balcony of |
our room (656) at the Leonardo Plaza Eilat!
|Happy Dan, chillin' in Eilat!|
|Happy Elisse, at home in Israel!|
|Gold Beach Bar, Eilat|
|A yummy dinner on the Red Sea...|
|Things that make me laugh...|
I'd done a full-day camel trek into the desert when I was on leave in Eilat while in the Israeli Army in 1985, and it was such fun that I wanted to share the experience with Dan! Camel Ranch only had a two-hour trek available on the day we could go, so that's what we did, but it was still a lot of fun (I felt 26 again! LOL), and we got to enjoy a "desert feast" of Bedouin bread with lebane yogurt and olives, and sweet nana (mint) tea, sitting on carpets in a Bedouin-style tent, surrounded by peacocks, just like I'd done "back in the day"! (If the foodie pix below don't make you drool, there's something wrong! I can still smell the delicious aroma of the bread on the hot pan over the fire...) You see the Negev from a whole new perspective when riding a camel, as your "ship of the desert" sways gently from side to side- it's truly one of THE coolest things!
|Our "ships of the desert"- ready to ride!|
|Elisse & her Birthday Camel!|
|My Sheikh of Arabee!|
|Trekking into the desert...|
|The Negev- view from camel-top!|
|Mr. Peacock, ready for his close-up!|
|Making Bedouin Bread...|
|Bedouin Bread, ready for the fire...|
|Bedouin Bread "al ha aish" (on the fire)|
|Bedouin Bread: Ready!|
|Our desert feast: |
Bedouin Bread, Lebaneh Yogurt,
Olives & Nana Mint Tea!
|My Sheikh of Arabee!|
|Elisse: at home in the desert!|
Dan and I decided to walk from Camel Ranch to the main highway, and it was quite a hike! We found another Very cool tourist attraction on the way: Roman Chariot Rides! MUST do this next trip!
|Centurion Dan in a Roman Chariot!|
|Chillin' in the desert!|
|Desert trek to The Last Refuge!|
at the Last refuge!
|Finger bowls! Woo-Hoo!|
One of the things I Had to do was to take Dan snorkeling; Eilat not only has the great undersea museum, but Coral Beach Nature Preserve is still one of THE most fabulous places to snorkel in the world! We saw clownfish and other fabulous fish truly up close- the pinks and greens and blues and yellows of the tropical fish are amazing!
|Undersea Museum, Eilat|
Next: Taking the train north to the Golan and Galilee!