My alarm sounds at 1:00 AM sharp for the previously planned climb up Mt. Sinai. At dinner last night, a freakishly rare downpour had turned the dining hall next to our mountainside cabins into indoor showers due to a roof not designed for any type of precipitation at all. We would surely cancel the hike, but our Egyptian guide Omar would call around 1:00 AM just to confirm. The old fashioned phone in the cabin rings and Omar confirms the mountain is indeed closed due to the extremely unusual thunderstorm that was still crackling in the sky but now is only sprinkling light rain. As I climb back into the lumpy bed, the phone rings again. “The rain has stopped. Do you want to go? I found a guide who is willing to take you up the mountain” Omar explains. Little did I know what I was getting into….
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