1: my home away from home #merica
2: love my dad a lot, really grateful that he let me come along to experience this with him
3-4: a Roman city in Beit She’An
5: on top of a mountain that the Israeli army fought to get back in a recent war
6: the Jordan River (our tour guide was complaining on how Israel doesn’t get rain often, and it dumped on us the next day 😂)
7: the Dead Sea Scrolls cave
8: did some rock climbing and saw some weird looking animals
9: rumors r true, u can float so easily in the Dead Sea, it was like using an tube but without the tube 🤷♂️
10: there r a ton of cats, I’ve seen at least 30+
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Israel Trip Day 6: This was one of my favorite days on the trip! It was spent going to places located by the Dead Sea. These included Masada, En Gedi, Qumran (where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found), and ended with a float in the Dead Sea.
Took on the challenge of climbing Masada via snake path. Made it up in 34 minutes! Crazy to think that was the only way to access the fortified palace of Herod the Great until the Romans built a ramp to attack the last Jewish Rebels in the first Jewish-Roman War. What a historic event. It was very moving to hear our tour guide speak of what Masada represents and symbolizes for the Israeli nation today.
We also visited En Gedi, where David hid away from Saul. What a peaceful place with waterfalls and caves. Think I️ could spend a whole day at En Gedi exploring the different paths, caves, and waterfalls, but will have to do that next time I’m in Israel.
#israeltrip2018 #israel2018 #masada #deadsea #israel #saraisrael2018
Today we took a day trip 40 minutes outside of Jerusalem to visit the area of the Dead Sea. First we went to Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Then we went to Ein Gedi, an oasis in the desert rich with water, greenery, and animals. This is where David hid in caves when fleeing from Saul. Many of the Psalms were written there (you can see the caves in the background of the pic of Joel and I under the tree and a video of the ibex mountain goats). Afterwards, we went to Masada, a location where King Herod built yet another grand temple atop a great mount, until the Romans destroyed his Temple City. Later, Zealot Jews lived there, only to later kill themselves to avoid being enslaved by the Romans who once again were returning to attack the temple city. Lastly, we went to the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea! No need to know how to swim, because the water just makes you float!! #israel2019 #blessedbeyondmeasure