May 10, 2010

The Power of the Great Pyramid. And an iPhone.

the procession to the Great Pyramid

Thanks to the Sanger Family for sharing their story.

Our first day in Cairo, we visited The Great Pyramid in Giza. Only 200 people are allowed in each day and we were one of the lucky ones. It’s not for the faint of heart, believe me. A long, narrow ascent through a three-foot high tunnel, followed by a steeper climb up many steps to the ancient burial tomb. All the while breathing a warm, stale air – trying to imagine how this mammoth structure was created and how the tomb raiders were able to loot the place dry.

Joining myself, wife Kim, son Matt and daughter Julia were the LoPicollo’s – Greg, Gayle, Sam and Joe – our wonderful traveling partners for the week. Once we reached the burial tomb – we were the only people in the place! The group ahead of us had already vacated the room and nobody was making the ascent behind us. We had this amazing piece of history to ourselves. You could almost feel the ancient spirits in the darkened room.

Soon Sam began humming, before too long we all joined in, harmonizing an eerie sound that echoed through the empty chamber. So I whipped out my trusty iPhone. Now, you aren’t allowed to take photos in the pyramid, but you can certainly record! I tapped open the voice recorder, pressed record and came away with this.

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As we listened to it later, a smile came to all our faces, remembering the moment. That will be an experience none of us will ever forget – the Sangers and the LoPicollos. And to think, it was only the start of one of the greatest adventures of our lives.

One Response to “The Power of the Great Pyramid. And an iPhone.”

  1. Nancy says:

    I loved going in the Great Pyramid on my last trip to Egypt. I don’t always do so well in cramped, dark places, so I knew it would be a challenge. What I didn’t know was that a fuse would blow and all the lights would go out when I was half way up the initial ascent. Of course I had left my flashlight back at the hotel! A number of deep breaths and an American couple in front of me with a flashlight saved me, and I maneuvered into the main chamber with them and saw what we could by flashlight. The lights were still off inside when we climbed back down and emerged into the blinding sunshine.

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