The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is our destination today.  A good healthy breakfast is what’s required for a visit to Masada.  (My heel is killing me.  I’m hoping I’m not a slow-down for the group.)

The breakfast here is different for Americans.  They eat salad for breakfast, however, salad to them is chopped cucumbers and tomatoes.  They also have chocolate/hazelnut spread on bread, boiled eggs and apples or oranges.

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Our Abraham Hostel Dining Room

Yes, that is a foosball table in the background.

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The hostel in Jerusalem is pretty low budget.  You rinse your dishes and put them in the dishwasher racks.  Matt volunteered to do the dishes today.  (Matt’s a great guy.)

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Matt Washing Dishes
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Outside the window a Jew begins his day with morning prayer.

The view from the hostel isn’t the most picturesque, but it tells a story.  Below we load in to Jumpy for a trip down to the lowest place on earth – – the Dead Sea.

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Jumpy Getting Loaded

Sea Level

As you drive from Jerusalem you drop down to a valley.  It is dry, desert land.  Part way down the mountain is a sea level marker.  It’s a good place to stop for a picture or two.

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Becca, Matt, John and Linda at Sea Level
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Me at Sea Level
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Sushi the Camel

Each time I visit here I see Sushi the Camel and his owner.  This is the guy’s full time business, and this is his location.

When we reached the bottom of the valley, guess what?

We saw an entire herd of camels!

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Herd of Camels

Baptismal Site

I remember incorrectly.  I thought the baptismal site was quite a ways from the main highway from Jerusalem going east.  We drove to it first.

There are many improvements since I was here two years ago.  The road is paved all the way.  Before it was dirt.  While there are signs warning about mines, there are fewer.

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Becca, Linda and John and a Mine Field
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John at the Gates of a Church with Landmines

The water’s edge has been set up to accommodate tourist as well as people wanting to be baptized.  I found it interesting so many people were baptizing themselves.  They put on a white shift, entered the water, and dipped down.

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Becca and Matt at the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ
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John and Linda at the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ

to be continued…

As Happier Than a Camel on Wednesday

Geico may not be the greatest insurance company, but they sure have some great commercials. Their latest with the camel is quite funny. (You can watch it here.) Of course, they needed something like that after that painful-to-watch Eddy Money commercial.

Well, it’s Wednesday and that means the week’s half over.  I’ve been playing it pretty easy this week.   Elizabethe is just starting to feel like she’s coming out of her sickness, and I’ve been hoping I don’t catch it.

About the only thing I have going on today is the Rochester Referral Network meeting.    On the way home, I stopped at Lowe’s to get a few parts for fixing things around the house:  A toilet that doesn’t shut off, a drain that doesn’t drain, and a window well leaking water.  All the little things of living in an old house.