|On this trip, we physicially touched the Red Sea, Dead Sea, Med Sea, and Sea of Galilee. Today, we drove from Tel Aviv to Eilat. We stopped at the Israeli Air Force Museum and then the Mizpe Ramon Crater. As we drove deeper and deeper into the Negev Desert, it became dark. There were no cars in front of us and none behind. We could see the Israeli Army with flashlights moving on foot through the desert. It was an eerie feeling. At one point, we were only 5 miles from the Sinai Penn in Egypt. We were told there were three roads and the one closest to Egypt should be avoided due to terriorist activity. In fact 8 tourists were killed a month or so ago. Oddly, our navigator suggested the 'shortest route' through this area. Luckily, Eric was looking at a map and was sure to navigate us closer to Jordon and farther from Egypt. We arrived at night into Eilat. Driving through the silly town, it looked like Atlantic City. The hotel was so so. Not great but not terrible. We upgraded to the ground floor. The Israeli breakfast would prove to be a feeding frenzy for a billion small children. Turns out, the young Israeli couples like to have many kids. WOW! Our hotel, like all of the stores, shops, and hotels, had lifesize menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. This hotel went one step farther. They set-up table for all the families to come and light their own menorahs. It was a neat experience to watch families sing the prayers and songs. Hanukkah in Israel is amazing. Really a cool experience. Everyone sings, breaking out into song at a moments notice.