Well, the best laid plans.... Over half of our group couldn't make it out of Dayton or New Jersey yesterday. Most folks are here by now, but some are still in transit. All things considered, though, everyone here is in good spirits (but I can't vouch for the ones who are still on the way). We've had to rearrange a good part of the trip, but all of the participants have been very accommodating and understanding.
We have made it to a few sites, one of which was St. George's Monastery. Here's a picture taken from the trail leading up to it. We didn't hike the Wadi Qelt, but the hike to and from the monastery was enough. I need to get in shape.