Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise

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The third day of our tour began a short drive from the Kibbutz to Tiberias and a 45-minute cruise on the Sea of Galilee. The lake is around 13 miles long, seven miles wide and is completely ringed by cliffs and steep hills. The lake is 700 feet below sea level, which accounts for its subtropical climate and vegetation. It is fed by runoff from the Golan Heights, and reduced precipitation as well as extraction to meet the water needs of the growing country are slowly and noticeably reducing it's level.

A significant amount of the life of Jesus recorded in the gospels is on or around the Sea of Galilee and the biblical references are too numerous to mention. We would subsequently visit many of the traditional locations ascribed to these biblical events during the rest of the day, although the actual historicity and geography of many of those events is likely lost in time.

The boat operators were efficient and pleasant, but they had this curious desire to play DJ with their boat's sound system. They played the American, Israeli and Australian national anthems to welcome our party aboard and then cranked up a soundtrack of pop Christian anthems to give a high fructose supercharge to the experience.

However, when the boat stopped in the middle of the lake and our tour guide stopped the music and asked if anyone wanted to say a few words, I was inspired to ask if we could just have a minute or two of silence to contemplate what we were experiencing. On the day of our visit, the lake was remarkably still and peaceful, and despite the visible development onshore, it was easy to imagine life on the lake in times long past. Unencumbered by ritual and ornamentation of many other biblical sites, the experience was timeless while evoking deep memories of biblical stories all of us had been taught from childhood. I received numerous thank you's from other tour members later for my request, and my mother would subsequently cite this cruise as the highlight of her trip - despite her fear of water.

Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee
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Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Arriving
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Arriving
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Walking to the dock
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Walking to the dock
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - St. Andrew's Church
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St. Andrew's Church
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Walking to the boat
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Walking to the boat
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tree restaurant
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Tree restaurant
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tree restaurant
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Tree restaurant
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Sea of Galilee
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Sea of Galilee
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Clear water
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Clear water
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - The boat
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The boat
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - The pier
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The pier
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - The boat
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The boat
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - The boat
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The boat
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Seating
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Seating
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - McDonalds onshore
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McDonalds onshore
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Me and mom on the Sea of Galilee
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Me and mom on the Sea of Galilee
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - The Sea of Galilee
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The Sea of Galilee
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Wake
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Wake
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tourists
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Tourists
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Golan heights
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Golan heights
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tiberias
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Tiberias
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Fish net demo
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Fish net demo
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Fish net demo
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Fish net demo
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Fish net demo
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Fish net demo
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Fish net demo
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Fish net demo
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Placemats for sale
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Placemats for sale
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Cliffs of Magdala
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Cliffs of Magdala
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Dock
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Dock
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Dock
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Dock
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Tip basket
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Tip basket
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Disembarking
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Disembarking
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Shoreline grasses
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Shoreline grasses
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - The Gamla
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The Gamla
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Shoreline
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Shoreline
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Shoreline
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Shoreline
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Shoreline
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Shoreline
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Where the shoreline used to be
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Where the shoreline used to be
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Shoreline grasses
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Shoreline grasses
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Path to the ancient boat
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Path to the ancient boat
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) Cruise - Path to the ancient boat
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Path to the ancient boat

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