The Dead Sea to Galilee
January 30, 2015
The past month has been a blur of nonstop travel criss-crossing Israel and Jordan. After landing in Tel Aviv (our plane was nearly struck by lightening, so that was an adventure), we immediately set off for Tiberias in the north on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Unfortunately, a few inches of snow in the mountains diverted our excursion from Safed and hiking the Golan Heights, but we spent a leisurely few days getting to know northern Israel and traveling up to the Lebanon and Syrian borders to visit a pomegranate winery, olive oil factory and fire station. We shivered away a quiet Shabbat strolling the promenade on the shores of the Galilee before departing to Haifa and the mountaintop ruins of Masada. The sunrise hike to Masada is short and steep, and well worth the views of the Dead Sea and surrounding desert when the sun finally begins the day. We became more buoyant after hiking down the snake path to the lowest point on Earth and floating in the world's saltiest body of water. Due to the unusually cold January season, we were treated to a view of snow on the peaks of the Jordanian mountains across the water, something that is apparently extremely rare.
Like I said, the past month has been a blur, so it's a good thing I have these photos to help me remember everything we experienced. I took this trip as part of a Taglit Birthright group, and though I thought traveling with 50 other people is not really my style, it was one of the best travel experiences I have had. More photos will come next week as I continue to process them.