After Shuk Ha'Carmel in Tel-Aviv, we drove to Kfar Hanokdim in the Negev Desert to stay the night in Bedouin tents - or rather, one giant tent all together. (Those Bedouins had a gift shop and everything).
The next morning, we embarked on a sunrise hike up Masada in the desert and learned all about the ruins. I captured these images just as the sun came up. I still can't get over the sheer vastness of the country, and how far you can see into the distance.
Standing at the top of Masada looking down at a couple on a slightly lower plateau, you can truly get a sense of the vastness of the mountain, and the Negev Desert as a whole.
During our hike down the mountain, I turned around and snapped a shot of our group. That steep rock is just one small, lower level on the mountain we climbed. I love this photo because, somehow, the ricks catch the light as if they're shimmering.
It was really a beautiful morning, and the one day the rain seemed to stop for our outdoor adventure. In fact, it rained later that day and even hailed later that night as we made it to Jerusalem.
After our hike up Masada, we returned to the Bedouin hospitality area to eat lunch and ride camels! It was pretty windy, but the ride was great, and the clouds made for a beautiful scene.
These lovely dromedary camels, a one-hump camel equipped for desert climate (yes, I like camels), had little seats with handles on their backs! - and I never held-on, haha. I was too busy taking photos, and the ride was pretty safe. Check out that beautiful camel portrait, right? "Alexander Camelton" smiled for a few more shots, too ;)
After the ride, our bus spiraled down a seemingly endless peak to the lowest point in the world - the Dead Sea.