Dead Sea, Masada, En Gedi, Qasar El Yehud
Today we returned to the area of the Dead Sea, stopping at En Gedi where Jeff taught about that location where David hid from Saul (1 Samuel 26,). Next we headed to Masada, the wilderness palace fortress built by Herod the Great. The final suicidal stand of the Jews against the Romans took place here in 73 AD. We took the gondola to the top where we toured this amazing site & heard the even more incredible story. After a lunch stop we continued north for mass at Qasar El Yehud, renewing our baptismal vows at the wilderness part of the Jordan River where John the Baptist baptized Jesus (Mark 1:9-11.) We ended the afternoon at a Dead Sea beach to take a float in this unique body of water. The mineral rich waters are so buoyant that it seems more like bobbing than floating! Tonight was our farewell dinner and each bus presented a song or skit to prove they were the best bus. This year, blue bus wins!