Thursday, January 20, 2011
The camel ride was epic! I had quite the view from the bump, and the spitting camel was funnier from above. When I first saw the Pyramids of Giza I couldn't believe I was actually there! I hopped off my camel, Nerfertiti (in Egyptian means "the beautiful one has come"), and the first thing I saw was signs posted everywhere "Stay Off Pyramid", "No Climbing on Pyramid", "Go Home Cody"! I had not thought of this one. So I started digging. I burrowed under the sand past the guard station, and toward the backside of the Great Pyramid. I quietly climbed up the first few blocks and didn't look back until I was well on my way to the top. As I was climbing I felt as though I was surrounded by ancient Egyptian Gods, I guess the Valley of the Kings was still creeping me out. The limestone blocks of the Pyramid were hot and gritty when I touched them, and I was wishing I had packed some grippy gloves. It was REALLY HOT, but the climbing was not hard. Each block was taller than me so I had to put my hands up on the higher block and JUMP as high as I could, land on my stomach and swing my legs up. It took a while, but I made it to the top!
While sitting on top of the Great Pyramid of Giza I wanted desperately for a gust of wind to blow and cool me off. Then I realized I needed my skis! I had an EPIC IDEA!!! I quickly climbed down and started building a ramp from the bottom of the smaller pyramid. If I could climb the smaller pyramid, ski down it, and launch off my sand dune ramp I might be able to tap the top of the Great Pyramid with my skis. It was risky, but I was probably only going to be in Egypt once in my life. WooHoo! SWEET!!
One small problem, apparently they were serious about all those signs they had posted. Frances, HELP!!! They took my camel, my skis, and I am in jail in Giza, just waiting . . .