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Middle East » Israel » South District » Ein Gedi April 4th 2010

While hiking up the Masada and in the wadis of Ein Gedi we camped and slepped at the Ein Gedi Beach at the Dead Sea during the nights. After two days of hiking we spent the third day at the beach, relaxing, covering ourselves in mud and floating in the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is really something special, the water is SUPER salty and it feels a little oily. Very weird to touch and it feels weird on the body when you get up from the water again. Here are the rules before entering the water: - don't shave 2-3 days before you go in the water - the smallest scratch will sting and burn, so watch out - make sure you don't put your head under water or get a single drop in your ... read more
The dead sea
The dead sea
The dead sea

Middle East » Israel » South District » Ein Gedi April 3rd 2010

We woke up early in the morning to be the first to arrive at the national park of Ein Gedi. It was about 15-20 minutes walk from the campingsite (Ein Gedi Beach). When we arrived, around 7am, we saw alot of hyraxes and ibexs walking around the entrance and on the parking lot, this was fun:) We entered the park as the first ones which allowed us to have all the views and pools for ourselves, it was also not as hot to hike, like the day before in Masada. Ein Gedi has two wadis, we started with Nachal David, which was definitely my favourite out of the two. This wadi had alot more small pools and waterfalls and nice parts to climb. After a beautiful walk through Nachal David - 2-3hours - we walked to ... read more
Ein Gedi - morning
Ein Gedi - morning
Ein Gedi - morning

Middle East » Israel » South District » Ein Gedi December 27th 2009

I am in Israel! It is my first trip here and my first trip with Tammy. She took me to lots of interesting places. The highlight was floating in the Dead sea. (I didn’t actually get to float - I’m made of cardboard and it probably wouldn’t do me much good!) ... read more

Middle East » Israel » South District » Ein Gedi November 13th 2009

A sunny week and all the northern slopes are suddenly green with fresh grass - even the Judean Desert in the distance is misty greenish. And yet, the trees on the street are all losing their leaves in dry, brown heaps; only the vines on the sides of some of the houses are vivid red. Today we've seen bursts of rain and it's supposed to continue off and on all week. It's Jerusalem late autumn! I'm still processing my visit to Hebron last week, but I wanted to share with you a much more light-hearted trip and some of the topics I've been learning about at Mandel, as well! Living One of the highlights of the week was visiting with a group of San Diego women who were here from Women's Division from the United Jewish ... read more
One of several waterfalls
Rock hyrax

Middle East » Israel » South District » Ein Gedi April 14th 2009

I found myself in Eilat for the second time in five days. I had made a mad dash to Cairo to see the Egyptian Museum and the pyramids, I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if I had made it this far without seeing them, but finally it was time to relax after two weeks in the always challenging but also extremely rewarding Arabic countries of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. I was only in town for the night, the next day I was headed up to the beaches of the Dead Sea. I was on a completely different schedule from Arabic living and my body didn’t even know it yet. The following morning after a three hour bus ride I found myself at Masada, the ancient fortress so important to Jewish mythos. Something was wrong ... read more

Middle East » Israel » South District » Ein Gedi April 3rd 2009

another trip to ein gedi/yam hamelach. in need of the healing powers of the dead sea, i headed south for 10 days. yacu and ani joined me for the last three nights. ... read more
see how the light dances on the water
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don't try eating this salt!

Middle East » Israel » South District » Ein Gedi March 13th 2009

Photos of En Gedi Nature Reserve and National Park..... read more
En Gedi Nature Reserve and National Park
En Gedi Nature Reserve and National Park
En Gedi Nature Reserve and National Park

Middle East » Israel » South District » Ein Gedi March 13th 2009

Middle East » Israel » South District » Ein Gedi December 10th 2008

It’s a long story why we headed back down to Eilat at the Red Sea and it has to do with border crossings and visas and I spare you the details. More exciting (for me) was that the trip involved a car and me behind the wheel. I really miss driving around and being able to stop wherever we like. So we boarded our new four wheels and headed south again. One of the things not to miss when coming to Israel is to float in the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea has a very high concentration of salt and other stuff which makes the water a lot more dense than the usual salt water. Ein Gedi was our chosen point of entry. The Dead Sea is actually in danger of disappearing and the water level ... read more
Now that's a sign you don't see every day
Showing the way for the caravan

Middle East » Israel » South District » Ein Gedi September 28th 2008

This is the lowest I have ever been. Consider, when you are swimming in the ocean, you are, at most, a few feet below sea level. Well the surface of the Dead Sea is 1,378 feet below sea level. It is more than 8 times more salty than ocean water. and it tastes terrible. I mean, really really bad. You bob in it like a cork, which is fun for about 15 minutes. Then the salt begins to burn your eyes, burn your nose, and mildly sting your skin. You get out thinking 'That was fun, and I feel great, but I don't ever feel the need to do it again." In caves nearby, ancient scrolls were discovered which included fragments of every book of the Bible except Esther (and Nehemiah, depending on who you believe). ... read more
Dead Sea Hotel
The Dead Sea Scrolls

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