ISRAEL TRIP – Day Four

Skipped a day – three – because it was Shabbat.  This day we drove from Jerusalem to Masada and the Dead Sea.

Looking back at Jerusalem, about to go through the tunnel that leads to the desert…

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And through the tunnel.  Note the change in the level of greenery…

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Bedouin encampment – I’d really not even call it a “village” – to the right.  Apparently, from my host, to claim the “Bedouin” moniker they’re supposed to move every so often.

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Well below sea level at this point.

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Jericho to the left in the distance… the green is a large grove of date palms.

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Masada visitor’s center:

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Had initially planned on hiking up, but…

  1. Am way out of shape! 😦  Next time for sure, though!
  2. Time.  We also wanted to get to the Dead Sea.

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Looking back down at the visitor’s center.

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The largest of the water cisterns.  Huge.  Apparently Herod figured out how to channel the water from winter rains to Masada to fill this, and the other, cisterns.

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The Roman encampment from when they attacked.

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You can see the start of the ramp the Romans built to get up to the top.

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And now to the Dead Sea.  Sorry, no pictures of me bobbing like a cork.

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A Sabra – or prickly-pear – cactus:

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Lastly, I get a picture of myself in front of McDonalds when I travel overseas.

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