MemberMay 2, 2021 at 10:22 pm
This is interesting re the locusts and where they were blown to:
 winds blowing E from the Med never reach the Gulf [of Aqaba] as a westerly wind, but as a northerly one blowing along the Arava southwards. Thus there could be no connection between the locusts and the Gulf of Aqaba.
Har-El, Menashe. The Sinai Journeys: The Route of the Exodus. New (English) and Revised Edition. San Diego, CA: Ridgefield, 1983.
Har-el was Professor of Historical Geography at Hebrew University and a member of the Israel Names Commission for most of his long professional life. The Commission decides the names of sites in the land from biblical and extra-biblical data. His 1968 (Hbw) and 1983 (Eng) book (Sinai Journeys, above) is a masterful survey of the main theories regarding the Israelite journeys in the wilderness. This was before Anati proposed Har Karkom. But the Arabian candidates were already known, so he also examines them from a geographical point of view.