Day 15 - 7/15/11
Today is the trip to the Dead Sea the lowest place on earth, Qumran, Ein Gedi, and Masada! We left at about 7:30am, which means we got to sleep in today!!
The first site we went to was Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls (Scraps) were found in caves. the cave that wasb closest to us that we could actually see through was cave number 4, and while excavating it, there is a hole on the top of the cave, and one day it will collapse, and that cave will be no more.
The second site we went to was Ein Gedi National Park. We hiked up the trails to find the waterfalls! Yes, waterfalls in the middle of the desert and rocks! This was an amazing site to see, and watch as the fresh waster flowed out from the top of the rocks, and all the way down the rock side. The site is one of the likely spots where David was being chased by Saul and his army, and Saul went 'into the cave' looking for David, took a break, and David came up and cut a piece of this cloth off, as a sign he was there. The story is found in 1 Samuel. The waterfalls were so amazing to see in the middle of the mountains flowing out of the rock.
We also saw where Dr. Schuler first started his digging career. It was really exciting for him to see the progress that they have done, because it has been about 10 years i think since he has seen it, and it was exciting for us to see his reaction as well!
We then headed to where we were staying for the night, which was a Youth Hostel, and in my mind I had envisioned something much more of a primitive, BUT what we stayed in was a very nice Youth Hostel.
We had devotions in the evening, and it was Kyle Sornkess's turn, so we all huddled into his room, and he brought God's word to us, and I really enjoyed it! After we sang the Doxology acapella, that was the most beautiful singing I had heard in a long time! We were so close and everyone was crammed into a tiny room, and the sound was everywhere! Until then.