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MAY 7 – EILAT, ISRAEL

semi-overcast 78 °F

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Welcome to Ed’s tour of the oldest copper mines in the world! They are here near Eilat, preserved in Timna Valley Park.

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Whether on shore excursions or lectures during sea days, traveling with Crystal introduces us to experts in many fields.

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Side trip to see rock art from the Egyptian period

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Walking to mine shafts from the Chalcolithic Period (4500 to 3300BC) under a darkening sky

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Copper has been mined here for millennia.

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Sandstone erodes in interesting ways! Aptly named, Mushroom Rock

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Solomon’s Pillars – and the sky has cleared

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It was a great tour!

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While the miners were exploring, I was having a real mountain jeep adventure!

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In Wadi Roded we saw several wild Ibex.

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Yup, Hästa was there, too!

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In the Eilat Mountain Reserve

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The Amram Pillars, carved by Nature

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We got food! ?

Posted by Swenigale 03:35 Archived in Israel

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