18 Jul Camping Under the Stars in the Negev Desert
Written by Savannah Moore, 2014 Middle East: Behind the Headlines.
Taking a step away from Jerusalem, we spent our weekend camping out under the stars in the Negev desert. Not a bad way to cap off a busy first week!
Our first stop was at some fresh water springs where we cooled off in the hot afternoon. Our guide told us a lot about the region and we embarked to Lot’s cave where the Biblical Lot is supposed to have hidden with his daughters after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. We went spelunking through the salt cave and it was so dark and a bit treacherous. I have lots of scrapes from crawling over and under rocks! It was a lot of fun though and I was proud of myself to complete the hike (not everyone did!).
But the Dead Sea! We rubbed the “healing” clay all over our bodies and floated in the salty sea. We were there for sunset and it was incredibly gorgeous. An unforgettable experience! Especially because of the water loss, the sea is supposed to disappear in 20 year. It’s an unfortunate reality but, I am so happy I was able to experience it. That night, we woke up early for the sunrise; it was stunning!
We covered a lot of southern Israel in these past few days and had an unforgettable time seeing the country and learning about the region. Still so much more ahead of us…
2014 Middle East: Behind the Headlines