These are some photo’s I took on my recent visit to Israel, we had a day tour to the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan and finishing in the City of Nazareth. I’ll post more soon.
The Jordan River is considered to be one of the world’s most sacred rivers. It originates approximately 200 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mt. Hermon, Israel. It ends its course at the lowest spot in the world , the Dead Sea , at 420 meters below sea level. Along its course, the Jordan feeds two lakes: the Hula (now almost completely drained) and the Sea of Galilee.
I decided to have a little paddle myself.
I’m glad I didn’t see these Cat fish until after my paddle.
Even scarier was this thing, I don’t know what it is but check out its webbed feet, actually looking at it now, it’s pretty cool.
In 1867 a local San Francisco newspaper funded a trip to the Mediterranean for Mark Twain. During his tour to Europe and the Middle East, he wrote a popular collection of travel letters which were compiled into a book called ‘The Innocents Abroad in 1869. These were his impressions of the Jordan River:
“With the first suspicion of dawn every pilgrim took off his clothes and waded into the dark torrent, singing
‘On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand
and cast a wistful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy landWhere my possessions lie’
But they did not sing long. The water was so fearfully cold that they were obliged to stop singing and scamper out again”