Tuesday in the Jordan Valley
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We celebrated Patti Belk's birthday (we did it on the right day!) and the hotel supplied a cake.
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The Cake. With chocolate spoons -- which I heard were good (but never verified!).
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Tel Beth Shean. Spent the morning wandering around its fascinating ruins. The Tel is Old Testament, the city is New Testament.
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Andre with the theater in the background.
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The theater at Beth Shean.
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Walking down the Cardo of Beth Shean.
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Looking down on the New Testament city from the top of the Old Testament tel. On the walls of the Old Testament city hung the body of Saul.
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They moved the parking lot so you HAVE to take a tram to get to your bus. And a second gift shop, conveniently.
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Hmmm....where are we now?
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A long time ago.....we walked DOWN that whole cliff face. Probably never again -- but we cannot forget.
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A Mikvah at Qumran (a mikvah is a ritual bath). Qumran is home to the Essenes and where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
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Cave #4.
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A lorax.
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Off to the waterfall of David.....En Gedi.
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"Crown of Thorns" tree -- from which the crown of Jesus may have been fashioned (not this exact tree, however....or you'd see a church).
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Acacia Tree -- from which the furniture in the Tabernacle was built. Not much other wood out in the wilderness.
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The trek of David's Waterfall at En Gedi.
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No, this is not the waterfall yet.
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Here it is.
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The view back out toward the Dead Sea -- which you cold see if it weren't so hazy. The haze has been thick the whole trip.
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The view of the Dead Sea (swimming area) from my hotel balcony.
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