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Despite having to put on insect repellent we all enjoyed a good nights sleep at the hostel. Western breakfasts were readily available but we preferred the fresh squeezed orange juice and falafels which we had acquired a liking for back in Khartoum. Scott and I rode a horse-drawn cart along the river to the boats going out to Philae Island, situated between the two dams. We admired the Isis Temple dating from the 4th Century B.C. Its hieroglyphic inscriptions were remarkably detailed and many still contained original dyed colors. Other sights included Hathor Temple, Hadrian's Pylon, Horendote's Temple, and the ruins of Augustus' Temple. The ancient ruins and history of the area were mind boggling, far beyond our comprehension. They made Scott and I wish that we had paid more attention to high school history classes.
In the afternoon the five of us rented a small felucca and sailed upstream. With our feet soothing in the Nile we splashed our arms, faces, heads and shoulders with the chilly water to let dry in the hot sun. On the island of Elephantine, we climbed to the top of a sandy, rocky hilltop and gazed out over the Aswan and High Dams and the rocky cataract, one of six on the Nile. The trip back was much longer since the wind died down and we had to take turns rowing the small boat with narrow oars. They produced about as much thrust as a two-by-four. We reached Aswan sometime after dark.