Sing: Holy, Holy, Holy, UMH 64
Today is a day of travel. We will be going by bus from Jerusalem down to the Dead Sea and then south along the Great Rift Valley to the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. We will then walk across the border to Egypt and board a different bus that will take us to the foot of Mount Sinai where we will spend the night.
Sunrise over the Dead Sea
As we drove along the western shore of the Dead Sea the sun began to break through the morning clouds in a few small spots (remember, this is the rainy season in this part of the world). When these sunrays struck the surface of the Dead Sea it gave the appearance of the water glowing. I tried to get a photo of this beautiful scene but was having a hard time doing it from our moving bus. Finally, I got a good photo with my fourth attempt. Only after I got home did I realize that this striking photo and the photo of the rainbow over the Sea of Galilee were both taken in the morning, from our moving bus, on the same road (Highway 90), and about 70 miles apart.
Founded in 1957, the Yotvata Kibbutz is famous in Israel for its production of popular dairy products. Yotvata (named for the oasis in Deuteronomy 10: 7 called Jotbathah) was the first kibbutz founded in the southern Aravah (the section of the Great Rift Valley between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba) area in Israel.
We stopped at Yotvata’s large rest stop on Highway 90 to get something to eat and enjoy
their dairy products – I got some delicious chocolate and a really good milkshake. From their parking lot we could see across the rift valley to the mountains of southern Jordan – about forty miles south of Petra. We are only about a mile from the Jordan border.