Qumran, En Gedi, The Dead Sea
Arriving at our hotel on The Dead Sea...The first thing some of us did once we got to the hotel was to get changed and meet back in the lobby to go for our "float" in The Dead Sea. I didn't take my camera, but a friend of mine did and she promises to give me a copy of her group "float" picture. It was so much fun. We stayed in the water for only about fifteen minutes. Then we got ready for another huge buffet dinner.
All of my good friends will appreciate the following picture. I am known for loving to soak in a tub of hot water. I often read in the tub until I'm falling asleep. I have dropped books in the water because of this. And when John knows I'm heading for the tub, he will often caution me not to fall asleep and drown. We had some extra time the morning we checked out of our Dead Sea Hotel. We didn't have to be on the bus as early as usual. There was a great spa there and some of us took advantage of the services. But I just wanted to relax in my room. This was the first hotel that had coffee and tea in the rooms. It wasn't a coffee maker, it was one of those electric hot water pots. I am not normally much of a hot tea drinker, but hot tea sounded so good to me on this particular morning. I drank three cups while I soaked and relaxed. The hot water pot brought back memories of an old friend. I looked at the pot, sipped my hot tea and thought about this friend; how much I will always love and miss her. And I had to have a snapshot of this memory. I am not sure what John thought when I called out, "Sweetheart, will you come in here and bring the camera?" But he did. I have another picture of my toes from the island of Anguila when we went to St. Martin a few years ago (with the beach and the ocean behind my toes). That's kind of what gave me the idea for this "toe" picture.And I have to include this last picture as we left our hotel and The Dead Sea. There was a McDonald's in this location. It had McDonald's in Hebrew on one side of the rotating sign. I heard, from someone who went there, that it wasn't the same and it took forever to get your order. Personally, I really did love the experience of eating the foods of Israel and I had no cravings for anything from home while we were there.