Turns out, I have naturally baby-soft skin

Yesterday’s field trip involved, among other amazing things, floating in the Dead Sea! We all spread the mud all over ourselves (although it was BYOM = bring your own mud. The beach with mud has been closed off because of sinkholes). Apparently it makes your skin nice and soft. Apparently my skin was already soft, cause it doesn’t feel very different. It was a lot of fun floating, though! Also, wading into the water felt like getting into a hot tub, which was a much-needing soothing of sore muscles. We all just about died of dehydration though after being in the water for 10 minutes. That is some SALTY STUFF. I almost wanted to taste it just to say I have, and then I thought, why would I put myself through that type of pain just for bragging rights? (What did I tell you, Galilee made me into a more responsible adult! Incredible).

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MUD MONSTERSSSS!!!!

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Floatin’ on the Dead Sea!

We also went to Masada, a natural fortress where the last of the Jewish zealots rebelling against the Roman empire held out for months. If that sentence meant nothing to you, it’s OK. I’ve learned about it in two classes, watched a movie about it, and gone on a field trip to the actual site and I’m still not sure I understand the full story. The point is, it was a final hold-out location for Jewish dagger-men rebels again the Romans, and they held out until the Romans spent months and months building a ramp into their natural safe-haven among steep cliffs. Pretty crazy stuff. It’s also the location of Herod’s hanging palace (literally a palace hanging off a cliff. Why, Herod? Why? That guy was intense).

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They kept cramming people onto the tram to ride up to the top of a desert cliff-mountain and we were like ooookay we are all very sweaty and this is going to be FUN. It was actually really cool though.
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The tram from above.

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Remains of a fresco in a part of the fortress at Masada.
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View from Herod’s hanging palace

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The view of Herod’s hanging palace from above.
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The ramp the Romans built to invade.
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You can see the remains of the Roman camps.
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The wall around the fortress
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HOLEY dove cote!
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HOLEY wall!!!
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Descending into our final cistern!

Since I’m going in reverse-order here, I’ll tell you about our second stop: we hiked to a beautiful waterfall. A welcome, refreshing waterfall in a barren, parched wilderness.

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Waterfall Part 1
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Waterfall Part 2
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gotta get that hair flip! lol

Our other stop (the first place we went) was Kumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered! We are so fortunate to have a professor who actually was involved in their translation, Dr. Andrew Skinner. We all adore him and his wife. (We adore all our teachers, actually. I’m going to miss them and even their lectures!)

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The cave where the most scrolls were found.
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My best archaeologist demonstration of where the cave is.

To top it all off, I’m including my videos from the day. I take a lot of videos but I’ve been bad about including them. So here you go! The Dead Sea vlog! I had to include these ones because of what we sang inside the cistern. We sang “As S/CisterNs in Zion” and I CRACKED UP thinking of how happy Tyler would be to know that. Hahaha. A classic Tyler-ism lives on! (For those of you who don’t know my brother Tyler, he has this weird joke with my dad where they add “n” into the middle of words randomly where it doesn’t belong and take “n” out of other words. We all think it’s hinlarious for some reanson).

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