Compared to our other days of rigorous hiking and strenuous climbing, today was a relatively calm day. We said our final goodbyes to Nof Ginosar hotel and headed towards Megiddo, our first stop of the morning. Marty taught us all about how the final battle on earth (the battle of Armageddon) was going to take place in the fertile valley we were seeing spread out below us. Armageddon comes from the word Har Megiddo, which means in Hebrew hill of Megiddo and is where we get the word Armageddon from. . It’s the second oldest city in the world, and it was amazing seeing the stables of Solomon’s horses and the incredible water system they created under the city without any tools or technology. We headed towards the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to see one of Herod’s castles and the Roman aqueduct. Being by the ocean is absolutely my favorite place to be. It reminded us of being at home at the beach but it was the Mediterranean Sea. Crazy. Herod’s castle was destroyed and pushed into the sea, so it’s still possible to find pieces of the marble in the sand. We all got to find marble mementos to take home to remind us of how great Herod’s castle once was, and how something once so great so easily fell. Things here on earth don’t matter. We sadly left the seashore and drove inland for a long time towards Jerusalem for the next part of our trip. Now we’re here in Jerusalem at the Grand Court Hotel right in the midst of Passover. We’ll see if us crazy Americans can stay out of trouble for the last leg of the trip. Click here to check out pictures from our trip or here to see past blogs. Shalom!
-Bree &Mitch (listen to our thoughts below)
Special thanks to Daniel Parker for all his work recording and editing all the audio talks