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…

Date at Wegman’s

Date at Wegman’s

Elizabethe and I decided we would do our date at Wegman’s.  Taking a late lunch/early dinner assured us less of a crowd and a quiet place to sit.

I had a hankering for sushi, and Elizabethe hit the hot meals.  She got what she liked, and I got sushi and nigiri.  We found a table in the dinning room, and there enjoyed our meals.

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Wegman’s Nigiri
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Wegman’s Sushi

The real bonus was they have WiFi there too.  Elizabethe commented on what a great place to eat, relax and get caught up on e-mail.  As I work on my Get It Done on 31 ™ project, I may take advantage of Wegman’s as stops along the way to rest, eat and upload images.

For dessert, we hit Wendy’s for a frosty.  Nothing like soft-serve ice cream in a cup.


We have managed to complete two book shelves now.  We’ll be asking the Church Service Missionaries to come carry them upstairs.  These are TWO 8×4 foot bookcases.  They are huge!  I’ve got 5 more to build.

We decided not to paint or finish them.  We may at some later date, but for now, they will just be unfinished “white wood”  (whatever “white wood” is).