We could see the Jordanian port of Aqaba flying a huge Jordanian flag just across the bay, were only a couple miles away from the Egyptian border crossing, and were probably only 20 miles or so from Saudi Arabia. Interesting neighborhood.
It was not easy at first. Even with a life jacket on Samuel, it was too hard for me to handle him in the deep water with the strong winds, current, and waves slapping us around, especially since he had a hard time using his snorkel. But after that failed attempt, he was pretty content to swim in the "lagoon" right off the beach. I spent a lot of time with him there, and he pointed out that right under the buoy line he could see several "fish villages," which I thought was an apt way to describe the coral reefs.
|Samuel is standing in the middle by the rope|
|Rachel in the midst of the students. She hung out with them as much or more than she did with us today.|
After we showered off and changed, the buses took us back to Eilat proper, where we walked along the promenade, gawked at the huge hotels, and got Samuel a Happy Meal at a non-kosher McDonalds.
|That's Jordan across the bay. If you squint and look real close between two palm trees you will see the red, green, black, and white Jordanian flag.|
|The Queen of Sheba Hotel|
|It is still Sukkot, so a fancy hotel like the Queen of Sheba had a sukkah by the pool so observant Jews could have a place to eat their meals, etc.|
We had dinner at the Israeli equivalent of a truck stop in the middle of nowhere Negev Desert and then got back to the center about 10:30 p.m. So it was a long day but a fun and welcome break for Elaine and the kids.
|Sam in the truck stop sukkah|
|For some reason, our dining establishment featured cows|
|Samuel is getting more comfortable with the students|
|Rachel got a picture with a cow for good measure|