Tuesday, January 8: We drive up Jebel Akhdar and park at the head of 3 hanging villages looking over Wadi Al Ayn. The first, Al Aqr, is famous for its rose gardens (not in bloom currently). The next, Al Ayn, perches on a dramatic rock outcropping. The third village, A’Sherageh, leads down to terraced plantations with splashes of green.
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After our hike, we head to the Sahab Hotel for a spectacular view of the sunset, accompanied by wine and dinner. As seems to always be the case in winter, we shiver and hunker down as we drink wine by the pool, and when the cold gets overwhelming, we move inside for dinner. I have Sahab Mary Rose (a smoked salmon appetizer), Mike has a pineapple chicken salad he says is mediocre, and the boys have vegetable noodles with fried egg. Then Mike decides he will tackle the long slow drive down the mountain with the Terrain in low gear. We return to my flat, where we rest our tired bodies for another day of hiking on Wednesday.