After a rough night in the freezing cold tent, we awoke bright and early (6 am) for camel riding. Little did I know that our last day was going to be just as jam packed with the same fun, adventure, and exhaustion as every other day so far. The camels didn't seem happy to be strolling around the desert with us on their backs but it was still awesome to be riding on top of those interesting creatures and enjoying the view of the sun rising over the mountains.
Shortly after we ventured to Ben Gurion's grave nearby. There we were given a short history lesson from Alex and took pictures of the view. The grave site area was spotted with gazelles and rams. ( not sure the exact animal names.)
We then journeyed to Ein Ovdat, perhaps the most strenuous hike of the trip. But it was worth it because there were many great panorama snap shots at the top. What made the hike especially cool is that we walked over numerous small streams that led to a bigger river and we also climbed a couple ladders towards the top of the mountain.
Being the superhumans we've become, our next stop was to a place called the salad trail which was essentially a big greenhouse with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and spices. The tour guide was fun and upbeat and had us eat purple carrots out of the ground. She also had us tasting "chocolate tomatoes" ( nothing to do with chocolate), very hot peppers (it was funny watching Brandon), strawberries, and a bunch of spices that looked like leafs. Some cool plants and spices we saw were basil, dill, mint, and far. The tour guide than took us to a memorial "nirim" near the gaza boarder that honored 8 fallen soldiers. There she randomly gave about ten of us pigeons in our hands to let fly free. I was too scared to hold one. She did it to prove a point that the birds always fly back home because they have a biological GPS on their beak. Normally she gives groups letters and shows them the birds with the returned letters at the salad trail but she said we didn't have time for that.
Since this is the last blog of the trip I will add some final thoughts. After hearing good things about this trip from a million friends, it's amazing that this trip still far surpassed my expectations. In ten days I have managed to see so much and make so many good friends that it will take a lot longer than 10 days for it all to sink in. Fatigue, cold weather, and rigid scheduling was just small price to pay for the greatest vacation of my life. Hope you enjoyed my blog, I wrote this in 20 minutes so don't judge my writing! MAYANOT 379 for life!