Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea

Our trip to Masada and the Dead Sea took us back down Highway 1 and back down below sea level. There was a fatal accident along Highway 90, which necessitated us stopping at a roadside tourist spot for awhile - which gave us a chance to get some pictures on a rather pitiful-looking camel.

Along Highway 90 we passed the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. The drive also included a stop at the Ahava factory outlet for some stunningly expensive beauty products made with Dead Sea minerals.

Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Sunrise
05/27/2011 05:42:16
Sunrise
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - The bus
05/27/2011 07:41:40
The bus
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - The bus
05/27/2011 07:51:16
The bus
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Leaving Jerusalem - Dome of the Rock
05/27/2011 08:07:08
Leaving Jerusalem - Dome of the Rock
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Judean Hills
05/27/2011 08:11:14
Judean Hills
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Increasingly barren hills
05/27/2011 08:12:44
Increasingly barren hills
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Bedouin
05/27/2011 08:13:06
Bedouin
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Bedouin
05/27/2011 08:15:20
Bedouin
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Bedouin
05/27/2011 08:15:40
Bedouin
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Bedouin
05/27/2011 08:15:42
Bedouin
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Bedouin
05/27/2011 08:15:44
Bedouin
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Camel
05/27/2011 08:19:12
Camel
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Judean Hills
05/27/2011 08:20:44
Judean Hills
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Sea Level
05/27/2011 08:20:56
Sea Level
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Sea Level
05/27/2011 08:21:14
Sea Level
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Judean Hills
05/27/2011 08:23:32
Judean Hills
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Jericho
05/27/2011 08:24:28
Jericho
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - V.I.Pizza
05/27/2011 08:25:08
V.I.Pizza
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Camel
05/27/2011 08:25:14
Camel
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Camel photos
05/27/2011 08:29:12
Camel photos
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Camel photos
05/27/2011 08:29:28
Camel photos
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Camel photos
05/27/2011 08:32:16
Camel photos
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Checkpoint
05/27/2011 08:52:54
Checkpoint
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Desert moderne?
05/27/2011 08:56:16
Desert moderne?
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Date palms
05/27/2011 08:57:44
Date palms
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Greenhouses
05/27/2011 09:00:14
Greenhouses
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Greenhouses
05/27/2011 09:00:24
Greenhouses
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Qumeran
05/27/2011 09:01:16
Qumeran
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Qumeran
05/27/2011 09:04:50
Qumeran
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Qumeran
05/27/2011 09:05:20
Qumeran
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Accident
05/27/2011 09:09:00
Accident
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Dead sea with fence
05/27/2011 09:13:18
Dead sea with fence
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Stay off the beach
05/27/2011 09:13:36
Stay off the beach
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Dead sea
05/27/2011 09:13:52
Dead sea
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Ruins
05/27/2011 09:14:04
Ruins
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Highway 90
05/27/2011 09:16:22
Highway 90
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Date palms
05/27/2011 09:18:00
Date palms
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Dead sea
05/27/2011 09:18:48
Dead sea
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Dead sea
05/27/2011 09:22:10
Dead sea
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Ahava
05/27/2011 09:28:44
Ahava
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Tree ladder
05/27/2011 09:30:34
Tree ladder
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Salt sculpture
05/27/2011 09:31:20
Salt sculpture
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Ahava
05/27/2011 09:32:02
Ahava
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Sales pitch
05/27/2011 09:32:18
Sales pitch
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Greywater drip irrigation
05/27/2011 09:52:10
Greywater drip irrigation
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Judean Hills west of the Dead Sea
05/27/2011 09:52:40
Judean Hills west of the Dead Sea
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Judean Hills west of the Dead Sea
05/27/2011 09:53:28
Judean Hills west of the Dead Sea
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Me
05/27/2011 09:55:00
Me
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Dead Sea
05/27/2011 10:13:30
Dead Sea
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Dead Sea
05/27/2011 10:13:58
Dead Sea
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Ibex
05/27/2011 10:14:20
Ibex
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Dead Sea
05/27/2011 10:14:52
Dead Sea
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Dead Sea
05/27/2011 10:15:16
Dead Sea
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Ibex
05/27/2011 10:15:24
Ibex
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Highway 90
05/27/2011 10:17:46
Highway 90
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Dead Sea
05/27/2011 10:18:50
Dead Sea
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Date palms
05/27/2011 10:19:52
Date palms
Day 5: Driving to the Dead Sea - Masada airport
05/27/2011 10:29:34
Masada airport

Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of? (William Shakespeare)