15 January 2012

En Gedi - From Afar

Unfortunately En Gedi, which produces the largest oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea, was closed due to all the rain that was apparently falling in Jerusalem. Rain can bring crazy, sudden rapids to En Gedi's waterfalls in a flash, so our group enjoyed an observation area instead. I remember it being so incredibly windy here - to the point of almost being kind of scared. Does that sound silly? I know it does, but it was fierce, loud wind that wouldn't quit!

The area surrounding En Gedi

En Gedi is most famous for being the place where David sought refuge from Saul in the Bible. En Gedi was a perfect hiding place because of its oasis nature - it provided thick vegetation and caves to hide in. This is also where David spared Saul's life, demonstrating his mercy, compassion and obedience to God's will.

An ibex! There were so many of these around En Gedi

Seriously, I almost blew away...

Christy's "wind hair"

One of the bros, getting a good shot of our pastor

                 Our group loved our guide, Tsuriel!              Our bus pastor, Sam, and main pastor, Chuck

Overlooking the Dead Sea

Love this picture of Pastor Sam!

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