Israel Journey — Day 14
We started out the morning at the Mount of Precipice, or the Leaping Mountain. The name is taken from Luke 4:29-30 where the crowds press in on Jesus and it says he “went away.” Somehow tradition has made that into leaping off the mountain (which is what the crowd wanted to do with Him) and now it’s the Leaping Mountain. Nevertheless, it was a stunning view. And, since it was the place to jump, Joel decided to give it a go. Thankfully, that wasn’t the last time I saw him….though I wondered if it would all turn out well when we had to do a few takes to get the right shot!
Then, it was off to Mt. Tabor, believed to be the site of the Transfiguration, so the church had murals of Moses and Elijah (you can tell them apart by the items around them).
One of the taxi drivers was sporting a fancy mustache, so we asked him for a photo and he willingly obliged us (tourists). Check out the pomegranates (loved getting fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice in the market!), the grave that was disturbed by someone hoping to strike it rich, the “Mona Lisa” of mosaics, and our (insane) “hand over fist” climb down the face of Mt. Arbel (complete with steel cables) before landing at the Sea of Galilee for the night where we had a little bit of time to grab a bucketful of tiny white seashells that covered the shore, have dinner and call it a night.
All in a day’s work! Not bad, eh?