On Monday we went on our “Shephelah Field Trip.” The Shephelah is a region of low hill country in Judea. Shephelah literally means low hills. This region housed many Bible events, some of the more exciting including the David and Goliath story, as well as many of the conquests described in Joshua.
|Standing above the site where David killed Goliath|
We visited many different Tels and hills, and enjoyed the wet, rainy weather - a statement completely void of sarcasm. “Winter” in Israel translates to “rainy season.” Though it can be annoying to prepare for all the water, we’re learning to enjoy it as much as we can. There are plenty of bright sides to be found in the rain, as any good cross country runner could tell you. Here, our bright sides include beautiful green hills that make you feel like you’re in Scotland, and not in the middle of a desert. It also makes for plenty of good stories. The times we’ve spent running through the rain back to the center and getting splashed by cars, but laughing too hard to care that we’re soaking wet.
|An example of how green the hills here are!|
After all of our escapades on various green hills, complete with a rendition of “The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music,” we went to the caves! We got free time at the caves to explore on our own, and wander through the various rooms. Since caving is one of my dream jobs, I was overjoyed to be given free reign. Some of the caves we went into were fairly simple, but others wound on and on. We spent a good 25 minutes or so in one of the caves, finding various pathways and cool rooms. We finished our caving experience with the Bell Caves, where we all met up once more and sang hymns in a natural acoustic wonderland. We then returned to the Center; soaking wet, hungry, and completely satisfied.
|Standing in one of the caves|
|We found a rock perfect for the Little Mermaid pose. The girl with the red hair was encouraged to duplicate it... Haha.|
|The actual Little Mermaid pose...|
|We found a room that was dedicated to putting children into time-out in... or something like that. I'm demonstrating with a classic Morgan pouty face.|
|Wine pressing. Becca has a good face; I was distracted by the fact that we actually got it to move!|
|After 25 minutes of being underground, natural light was a welcome sight.|
|Sitting in a tomb!|
|More tombs! Excuse the dusty camera lens... It was super chalky in there.|