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 :)


Monday, April 16, 2012


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


Sunday, April 15, 2012


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!

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