|This was the view from the revolving restaurant at the top of the hotel where we stayed in Taif.
|The morning fog was so nice over the city of Taif.
|After breakfast we drove about 200 kilometers north of Taif to the Al Waba crater.
|There is absolutely NOTHING close to this crater, so it was deafeningly quiet. Such a beautiful time to sit and look at a wonder of nature.
|You could walk right along the edge. There was a little trail that the locals had worn down in their cars. Thankfully, the only graffiti at this site was on the little white gazebos put there to provide shade for picnicking families.
|Mister posited on whether the rock surrounding the crater was igneous or not.
|I just enjoyed the view. Walking around on the loose rocks was exceedingly difficult with my hair flying in my face, my abaya getting underfoot, and my hijab trying to float away in the steady wind.
|The mountains surrounding the crater were so pretty.
|We were able to go inside the protective walls, which have been worn away over the years.
|We could see the remains of the merchant stalls built into the walls, providing relief for road weary hajjis.
|Of course, I had to get a shot of the Mister poking around the ancient ruins.
|A cross section of the wall.
|The entrance of the outpost.
And there you have it, folks! The highlights of the photos we took on our semester vacation to Jeddah. We are now back to the grindstone full swing. We've got about 10 weeks until our next vacation in March, when we will be relaxing in Sri Lanka. You know we'll be keeping you updated on the our latest observations on the life of an expat in Saudi Arabia.