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Nazareth - Second day

Road trip to the Golan Heights

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Today is our second full day here in Nazareth. We have had fantastic weather so far, and it looks like that will continue for a few more days. I think we may have some rain on Friday, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves!
Departure time was again 7:30 this morning! I tend to fall asleep on the bus, especially if there is a long trip ahead of us! It’s like big cradle to me!
We have three nights at this hotel, and it was really nice not to have to pack everything up this morning.

Our day begins with a drive in the northern Galilee (valley) to Tel Dan. There we are going to see the high place where Jeroboam, son of Nebat, set up a golden calf. In the Old Testament “Dan” (this place) frequently represented the northern boundary of Israel, as in the phrase, “from Dan to Beersheba”. Dan is located near the headwaters of the Jordan River. In 1993, an inscribed Stone was discovered there on which an unnamed king (perhaps Hazael of Aram (Syria) boasts of having defeated the king of Israel and his ally the king of the House of David, the first time the name of King David had been found outside of the Bible. We walked around the ruins of this remarkable place, and at one lookout spot over a valley, we could see the borders of Israel and Lebanon, and where they had changed and moved over the years.

After a couple of hours there, we eventually got back on our bus and continued on to nearby Caesarea Philippi and the Druze villages of the Golan Heights. Caesarea Philippi is the site where Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matt 16:15). Later, we had a fantastic lunch (all 18 of us!) at the home of a Druze family in Bucata. There were a few simple, yet wonderful dishes. There was a chicken with rice dish, spiced with cinnamon with slivered almonds on top. There was also a bulgar and lentil dish with onions and other spices, that was phenomenal! Also a variety of salads and olives. After the main meal we moved into a sitting room area where strong coffee and ginger tea were served, along with some date cookies and various nut squares. Everything was delicious! We thanked our hostess and were on our way.

After leaving the village of Bucata, we headed for a National Park (the specific park name escapes me at the moment) to walk to the Banyas waterfall. We were in a bit of a rush to get to the falls because we were told the entrance (and exit) closed at 3 pm. It was 2:15 and it was a 65 min hike! You do the math ... it wasn’t likely that we would get there in time. So we all trekked down the path as hard and as fast as we could! Amazingly, we all got to the falls around 3:04, and that was fine. The falls were picturesque; thundering water with mist overhead. Many pictures were taken.

Posted by Laura Walking 07:04 Archived in Israel

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