Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Dead Sea

One of the most unique experiences I've had was swimming in the Dead Sea. There is really nothing like it. The Ocean's salinity is 3.5 percent, whereas the Dead Sea's is over 30.0 percent. Insanity. You can't help but float! In fact, you can stand in the water without any possibility of sinking. Awesome.

I'm standing on the salt breakwater



Salt buildup on the shore


Supposedly the mud on the shore is really good for your skin. Some of us decided to try it out!
From left to right: Natalie, Maddy, Me, Amy, & Emile
So much fun :)
Love,

Mark

Monday, April 16, 2012

Masada

The number one visited site in all of Israel was our very last field trip. Masada was a fortress strengthened by Herod the Great, taken by Zealots during the first Jewish Revolt, and destroyed by the Romans in 73 AD. It hasn't been inhabited since and thus remains one of the best kept ruins in Israel.

Masada has some pretty incredible views!
Danielle, Me, and David
Masada made quite the fortress!
It was super windy up on top!

En Gedi waterfall



Me & my roommate, David Applegarth
Love,

Mark

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Qumran

On the shore of the Dead Sea lies the remains of an ancient city of the Essenes. During the time leading up to the first Jewish revolt they were a society of scribes, copying scripture and writing other documents. Many of these papers have been found and are known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The site is historically significant, but honestly, there's not much to see. The morning I left for the Dead Sea I called my mom and she was overjoyed that I was going to get to see Qumran. This post is dedicated to her enthusiasm ;-) I imagine Brynn will get a kick out of this, too!

WoW MoM WoW
The Cave where most of the scrolls were found
Red & Black, baby!


Love,

Mark