Our adventure at Masada!
Hello from Jerusalem, this is Bill Mackelfresh here to tell you guys about our adventure at Masada.
The story starts at 3:30 in the morning, where we had to wake up early in the morning to prepare for the difficult hike up to Masada. Come 4:30 am, we were already on our way up the mountain. After a grueling 45 minute hike up the mountain, we made it to the top just before the sunrise. Once at the top, we were greeted to the most beautiful sunrise any of us had seen, and on a personal note, it was my first time seeing the sun actually rise. It was so amazing. After the sun rose, we toured around the fortress and learned the history of Masada. We were even greeted by King Harod and the princess herself. After learning about the history of the fortress, we started the shorter hike down the mountain. After the whole experience that was Masada, it made me feel proud of myself for concurring the mountain.
After Masada, we went to the hotel to clean ourselves up, eat breakfast, and prepare for the rest of the day. After a quick shopportunity at the Dead Sea products factory, we headed for our own spa treatment that is the Dead Sea. Many people headed straight to the water to try floating in the sea, while others went off the beaten path to cover themselves in the mud to help clean and soften their skin.
After cleaning off and packing up, we headed back to Jerusalem for lunch. We went to the central market place in Jerusalem and found vendors and restaurants galore. After about an hour of exploring the market, we headed back to the hotel for a little R&R. Some of us took a nap, while others went to the rooftop pool and took another swim. Following rest time, we had a quick program about the different aspects of Israel.
After a delicious dinner, we had one more evening program to discuss some different issues and politics about Israel. Because the day was so long, we preceded to get released for the day and went to bed. Overall, it was a very long day, but it was very rewarding and an amazing time as always in Israel.