Just a view of the mountains early in the morning. Off to the right, in the valley, is where the monks from the monastery have a garden area. It really isn't visible in this picture.
This picture is taken about 6:00 AM. On the left, you can see the rooms where people stay, and straight ahead is where the cafeteria is.
One of many of the beautiful olive trees on the grounds.
Me, with some friends, and the mountains in the background.
Last weekend I traveled a second time to Mt. Sinai. The rest of my family was off on a retreat with the high school where my husband and daughter work. There is a church here who takes this trip annually, and we have gotten to know some of the people who go on this trip, so it was a great opportunity to just get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life in the big city.
I took the trip mainly for a chance of relaxation and fellowship with friends. I was debating on whether to climb the mountain again or not. I ended up not climbing because when we arrived I had a terrible headache due to lack of sleep the night before. But as you can see by the pictures above, the trip is worth it just for the beauty and the experience of being there.