Israel Day Trip #2
Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
205Trip End Jan 20, 2013
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Ein Geddi is a nature reserve. One side of the road is wild and open with wildlife. The other side is public to bathing in the Dead Sea. Ein Geddi had some mountain goats that I had never seen before. It was pretty cool. Their horns were nearly 2-3 feet long on some of them and I found it interesting how they somehow climbed in the trees to get better leaves to eat. I have no clue how goats climb in trees. They are not monkeys and have no hands. This side of the road is more or less a desert. The Judean Desert is over here and the other side is the Dead Sea. Swimming in the Dead Sea is one of the coolest experiences I have ever had (or should I say floating?). The salt is very thick here. You can see the salt building up on the rocks on shore and it is also very visible in the water
and not drown. I’m not really sure if there is a lifeguard on duty here because you can’t sink. We floated around this sea for about 45 minutes. It was very enjoyable. You are not supposed to get the water in your eyes here. It can damage your vision very badly.
Masada is an old fortress of King Herrod. It is a 2 KM hike or 5 minute cable car ride from the bottom of the National Park. We were here for a couple hours. We climbed up the 700 step mountain to get to the top. It was a good hike and gave us great exercise and the day was not cold at all, which was nice for being nearly Christmas time
at the top. The view had the Judean Desert on one side and the Dead Sea on the other. There was no doubt that this was an amazing place 2,000 years ago, but it has now been badly deteriorated. It does still have the typical bathhouses, courtyards and dining halls.
Some ruins that had the typical courtyards, bathhouses and shops for making pots etc… This site was famous for writing and making pots. The pots contained a lot of scrolls and apparently the last known version of the bible was found here called the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls are not here anymore and are in a museum in Jerusalem. You can see the cave where the scrolls were found. There are many small caves in this area where many artifacts were
found. Apparently there were thousands and thousands of artifacts found in this area.