Monday, July 05, 2004

On Day 2 in the Dead Sea region we hiked the desert fortress Masada. Masada is such a cool place historically and symbolically, I encourage everyone to read a bit about it. It was definitely one of my favorite sites. The short version is, it's a mountain where Herod built one of his palaces, and later it became the home of some 900 Jewish rebels, who killed themselves rather than be taken by the Roman army. As you can see from this photo, there is a narrow trail that snakes up the side of the mountain, and there is also a gondola car that takes you to the top in about 4 minutes. I took this shot about 3/4 of the way to the top...climbing the trail, naturally. Posted by Hello


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