The team preparing to enter Caesarea Philippi to see the Gates of Hell
The ancient Canaan gates. It is very likely that Abraham himself would have come through these gates!
The view from the bus as we drove up to the Syrian border. These are Druze villages along the mountainside.
John looks on at the wall outside the gates of Dan
Did you spot the chameleon? This is looking straight up the ancient walls at Tell-Dan.
Note to photographers - this is a case study in why you should shoot RAW instead of JPEG
The altar in Dan
Just a countryside shot from the bus :)
This is the likely spot where the golden calf was placed.
Mark and Steve have coffee looking out over the border with Syria
The next generation Israeli. What will they have to face?
Marny being shy :)
"I spy ... ummm ... tanks?"
Mt Hermon in the far distance with it's snow-caps.
MJ and David on top of Mt Betlan with Mt Hermon in the distance.
Roughing it at the hotel.
The Sea of Galilee in the early morning is wonderfully tranquil.
"Gather up, people!"
The Masada cable-lift. Marvelous engineering.
Masada in bronze (model).
More bedouin "tents"
Masada view of Dead Sea.
Shepherd boy on the roadside. You gotta give me props for these roadside shots ... we were traveling really fast on the bus!
Kathryn, MJ and Mary Ann
Insect and varmint nets protect the crops
A little bedouin boy on a donkey.
One of the Roman encampments outside Masada. You can't tell the scale here but that is HUGE!
Inside Herod's sauna bath at Masada. The sauna was where you went after you were exhausted by the eating and orgies. The synagogue is only a short distance away.
This is the ramp that the Romans built using Jewish slaves up to the door of Masada. They had to fill in the entire valley to make this path. It took a very long time.
Now it's just the birds and the gerbils that live here at Masada.
These are the Ibex that En Gedi are named for. We were quite surprised to see them out in the hot of the day. Notice how they easily clamber across the the literally vertical cliff face with no problem.
Setting up in the desert for an opera of all things! I can't imagine the cost of the tickets for an event like that!?!