WADI NASIB - GATEWAY TO THE HIGH MOUNTAINS
COMING FROM DAHAB ON THE RED SEA COAST YOU FOLLOW A SANDY AND ROCK STREWN TRACK THROUGH THE WADI .......YOU ARE HEADED FOR THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF SINAI.....YOU ARE HEADED FOR HISTORY ITSELF.....PLACES LIKE GEBEL MUSA......ARABIC FOR THE "MOUNTAIN OF MOSES"....THE LEGENDARY MT. SINAI

YOU ARE TRAVELING THROUGH WADI NASIB TO PLACES YOU HAVE HEARD AND READ ABOUT ALL YOUR LIFE......AND THE STORIES ABOUT THOSE PLACES.........AS YOU LOOK ALL AROUND YOU DOES IT REALLY MATTER IF THEY ARE TRUE OR NOT?.......NOT REALLY........IF TRUE FINE.....IF NOT YOU KNOW NOW THE KIND OF PLACES THAT MIGHT HAVE INSPIRED THOSE STORIES


YOU START UP A RISING HILL IN THE WADI FLOOR......WHEN YOU GET TO THE TOP AND LOOK DOWN THE OTHER SIDE.........THE WADI OPENS UP TO A VAST PLAIN AND AS FAR AS YOU CAN SEE ARE MOUNTAINS LINED UP ON BOTH SIDES......WHAT A SIGHT FOR THE EYES...... YOU STOP AND JUST STAND THERE AND GAZE AT IT FOR AWHILE.....THEN DESCENDING THE HILL YOU KEEP FOLLOWING THE TRACK THROUGH THE WIDE OPEN PLAIN AND YOU THINK IT WILL NEVER END.......THEN WHEN YOU THINK YOU CAN SEE IT ENDING........ THERE IS AN OPENING OVER ON YOUR RIGHT......A GAP IN THE MOUNTAINS



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........THIS IS ANOTHER SPECIAL PART OF WADI NASIB.......YOU ENTER A CANYON THAT IN PLACES IS NOT EVEN WIDE ENOUGH FOR BUT A FEW CAMELS WALKING SIDE BY SIDE......IT CLOSES AND OPENS UP A BIT AS YOU KEEP GOING ALONG.......BUT THE WHOLE TIME YOU FEEL THE CANYON WALLS TOWERING OVER YOU........THE SOOTHING SITE OF SMALL GROVES OF DATE PALMS GREET YOU AT ONE TURN IN THE CANYON AND THEN ANOTHER.......AS YOU GET DEEPER INTO THE WADI YOU PASS WELLS DUG BY THE BEDOUIN IN THE CANYON FLOOR......WITH THEIR LITTLE ROCK WALLED GARDENS NEARBY..........THIS IS JUST SHEER BEAUTY.......AS ONLY NATURE'S BEAUTY CAN BE.....THIS IS WADI NASIB...... THIS IS THE SINAI....."THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE WILDERNESS".




YOU KEEP GOING..... SEEING ALL AROUND YOU JUST WHAT THE FORCES OF NATURE HAVE DONE TO THESE MOUNTAINS THAT MAKE UP SOUTHERN SINAI.....THEY LOOK OLD.......THEY LOOK LIKE THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE TIME BEGAN........THEY LOOK LIKE THEY KNOW ALL AND HAVE SEEN ALL.......THAT'S THE FEELING YOU GET WHEN YOU LOOK AT THEM.......YOU JUST KEEP GOING ALONG LOOKING AT THE THEIR KNARLED AND TWISTED SHAPES AGAINST A SKY THAT'S AS BLUE AS YOU HAVE EVER SEEN A SKY BEFORE......THEN YOU START TO NOTICE THE CHANGING COLORS OF THE MOUNTAINS' ROCKY FACES AS THE DAY GOES ON........BROWNS....ORANGES........REDS.......AND THEN JUST AT NIGHT FALL.......A STEEL BLUE GREY......NEARLY BLACK......BUT NOT QUITE.....YOU SEE EVERYTHING IN A NEW WAY.....ITS WONDERFUL IS WHAT IT IS.........BUT YOU KNOW DARKNESS IS GOING TO TAKE IT ALL AWAY.........TIME NEARLY STANDS STILL WHEN ITS LIKE THAT.......AND YOU WISH IT WOULD STAND STILL.....ITS LIKE A COLORED LIGHT SHOW......NATURE'S LIGHT SHOW..........THEN THE SKY JOINS IN WITH ITS OWN COLORS AS THE SUN GOES DOWN........A SKY THAT WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY IN ITS AWESOME BEAUTY


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IN THE BIBLE THEY CALL THE SINAI "THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE WILDERNESS".......BUT THE MORE YOU LOOK AROUND YOU THE MORE YOU SEE THIS WILDERNESS IS NOT SO TERRIBLE.......NOT TO THE EYES......NOT TO THE EYES THAT "SEE"



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