I would have liked to walk around Hai Bar first, before driving through the “safari.” But our crew was so exhausted when we arrived, at least half of them announced that they had no intention of walking anywhere.
So we drove around the safari, which was very cool, though not quite as exciting as I remembered. We took our time and watched the animals interact with each other. By the end, everyone was “into” the experience.
When we finished the drive, all family members were willing to do the short walk through the zoo area.
Admittedly, we were all a bit zombie-like.
Luckily, since we are members of the National Parks Association (“matmon”), the entrance to the zoo was free and the safari was half price. So the whole experience was pretty cheap (12.50 NIS/adult, 6.50 NIS/child).
And we had fun.
Then we drove the rest of the way to Eilat and checked into the youth hostel. We were lucky; they allowed us to check in several hours early.
Even though I am the one who drove the whole way, Moshe crashed (as predicted) and I took the kids across the road to the beach. The water was freezing!! We all played around for a bit. I could not stay in the water that long. I got out and dried off and then sat on the rocks, watching my kids collecting shells. To their surprise, the shells started moving! They discovered that each shell housed a teeny, tiny crab! The spent almost an HOUR watching the crabs. Eventually, I declared that we had to go.
Moshe was fast asleep when we got back to the hostel. We all showered, except my son (who fell asleep while waiting for his turn). The girls and I ate a small snack, from the food I had brought with us, and then we crashed too.
We all slept soundly until our alarms woke us for breakfast….
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
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