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Rocks, Salt, and Other Minerals

Yesterday we spent most of our day underground in tunnels. Today we were up on the heights of Masada and Jerico. However the high hills were still at a lower altitude than all those tunnels in Jerusalem.

Today was also a little bittersweet as we said goodbye to our tour guide Anat and were handed over to Daniel.

We began the day at Masada, the location of one of King Herod’s palaces used as a fortress for a group of Jewish rebels under siege by Rome. The ruins of the palace are on the top of a high, isolated mountain so we took a gondola up to the top.

A model of Herod’s palace (top left) and views from the top of the mountain to show the height and isolation. The top center photo shows the ramp used to get up the mountain.

On the left is pictured a steam room (top) and the fireplace used to heat the steam (bottom). On the right are, top to bottom, a stucco wall, storage rooms, and a wonderfully shaded orientation plaza.

On top is a model of the water system. The lines in the foothills are trenches dug to feed water into cisterns at the base. Water would be drawn up from the cisterns like from a well. One of the cisterns is shown in the bottom photo.

After eating lunch in Qumran, we visited the Monastery of the Temptation above Jericho which commemorates Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.

This guy was available for rides in a parking lot near Jericho.

We crammed in the cable car like sardines.

The monastery is built high into the cliffs and has a lovely intimate feel.

The bottom left photo shows caves in the cliffs where monks have lived.

This little guy was at the gift shop at the top of the mountain.

That little red spec is the cable car that took us up and down the mountain.

Our final stop of the day was the Dead Sea where we played in the mud and went for a float.

We are in the final stretch of our trip and prayers for stamina would be greatly appreciated. After experiencing so much, it is temping to shut down, so please pray that we would continue to engage for the rest of the trip.


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