Today was the one day I had planned as nothing but a tourist. From the time I was a kid, I have wanted to see Masada. I was so taken by the mini-series that aired in the late 1970s, I ended up buying the book it was based on, and have always been fascinated by that story. Today, I was able to visit it.
I took an organized tour to Masada and the Dead Sea. The tour was kind of frustrating, primarily because the guide never shut up. Blah, blah, blah… From the moment he got on the bus. It took 25 minutes to get from Jerusalem to the Jordan River Valley, descending from 800m to -300m. As has been par on this trip, the weather was ok, but there was a good haze. We got half-way down the dead sea and he announced a bathroom stop. It was at a Kibbutz, that really was a big store for one of the major Dead Sea Salts companies. It was very clear this was intentional, and master marketing. We went inside, and the first thing was watching a movie on the production of products from the dead sea. Come on already, lets get to Masada.