I must say the one thing I've been surprised about on this trip is the number of rocks. They're everywhere!!! Seriously, even Egypt which you picture in your mind as having lots of sand dunes is mostly rock. Even in the wilderness where the Israelites wandered, was mostly rock. Then, in Israel, again, there's mostly rock. Mind you, they're all different types of rock and I'm actually starting to learn the differences......
This is a picture of Caesarea Philippi where Christ made the statement in Matt 16:18 "Upon this rock I will build My church..." Most of it is completely gone, but the holes in the cliff-side are where idols would have been displayed.
Just to give you a size reference, this other picture is me standing inside the largest hole.
This picture is of a Canaanite road, the original inhabitants of Israel. All the roads made of rock are very difficult to walk on, and I must admit, I thought, "What were these people thinking, laying rock down and making it so difficult to walk?" Then, our fabulous tour guide, Marika explained that in the winter months, there's so much rain, that without the rocks the roads would have been pure mud.
Anyhoo....I've learned so many interesting tidbits and considering I'm not a history buff, seeing something with my own eyes helps me to remember it so much better.
And, end this post, I must share with you my favorite picture of the whole trip:
Steve has video-taped almost all 60 of us in our group sleeping at one time or another. So, when he finally dozed off on day 8, there was a crowd around him like the paparazzi eager to take his picture.