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Valentine’s Day

So nice to spend my day with my sweetie in Israel

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We are staying at a Kibbutzim hotel on the East side of Galilee. We enjoy having our own private room and it even has a small fridge and sitting area. We are in room 222 on the far end of the hotel cottages. Here are a few pictures from our walk this morning to breakfast.

We had a very full day today starting with the delicious breakfast at the hotel restaurant. It was a history lesson much of today as we started off learning the history behind the ownership of the Golan Heights. We drove up the road and was about to look at the area by the Syrian border, but we were completely fogged in. On top of that fact was that Israel had executed an airstrike against Damascus in the middle of the night. We heard the Jets and the Apache helicopters. It actually woke us both up. The second two pictures here are of old Syrian bunkers left behind when Israel annexed the Golan Heights.

So we went down the mountain and drove to Caesarea Philippi. We learned all about the alters to the god, pan and then went on to see the palace of Hered Agrippa located there. The cave was pretty impressive.


Then we went to visit the Tel Dan and reviewed the Old Testament history of when the 10 northern tribes separated and set up their own worship. We saw the site where the golden calf would have been standing and we could also see over into the border of Lebanon. I’m also including a picture of Pastor John and Pastor Brian who led our devotionals at different locations and on the bus.


Then it was time for our Saints Peter’s fish dinner. Of course I had chicken. But I think you will find the pictures quite impressive of those who ate fish.
we really enjoyed the variety of appetizers and bread at this stop.

Our first stop after lunch was to see in ancient fisherman‘s boat. This had been preserved and again dated back before the time of Christ. It is amazing to see how they dug it out of the sand and preserved it. On the way out of this museum we saw some interesting bike art that I thought we could do with some of Wynn‘s old bikes.

Then we spent the rest of the afternoon at the town of Capernaum. This is where Jesus did a lot of his public ministry and we saw the home of Peter’s mother-in-law where Jesus probably stayed. We also saw the synagogue that was built there by a centurion. The picture you see of Wynn and I sitting on the steps is taken where the stones were the same as when Jesus was there. I love when we read the passages right from the scripture that have to do with the places that we are visiting and the sites that we are seeing.

We did a lot of walking today over some terrain that was pretty slippery and rocky. I was glad I had my hiking stick along with me. We saw some beautiful sites where the Jordan River was rushing. Tomorrow we will be at a quieter location of the Jordan.

We finished the day with dinner back at the kibbutz dining room. And then we will be heading back to our room to recharge for tomorrow. No sunset pictures today as it was too cloudy to see the sun. I couldn’t believe how high the waves were and the whitecaps on the sea of Galilee. So thankful that we got to have our sunset cruise yesterday. We didn’t see many boats out today. Until tomorrow…

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Heading North

Caesarea Maritime and Galilee

sunny 70 °F
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Where do I begin? It was 26 years ago that we visited Israel for the first time. It still overwhelms me. We spent the first part of the morning going down to see the archaeological digs at Caesarea Maritime. Even though there were so many ancient stones and carvings, there was still ongoing concerts in the amphitheaters, fishing going on along the ancient docks where Herod’s Palace once stood. I will include a few pictures here. When I return to the states, I will add all of my pictures to my FaceTime albums. But for now, suffice it to say that I was awed once again. Herod the great had this port city built to please the Romans. It was a place of Entertainment, such as chariot races and track events. But it also posted political arguments. Even the apostle Paul was brought here for trial before Herod. This was the city that Cornelius the centurion left in. So much Bible history right before our eyes. 8EB63323-7CF1-4679-8A1D-B0422F40842F.jpeg3242B58E-7A58-4DB1-A582-084914DEDA2D.jpegDB12C3E3-2183-47A0-968D-4833E21DEA3A.jpeg2E36E893-53A1-4006-990A-6403454AEB1E.jpeg196BB2D5-6837-4F18-9748-9ADEAB290FA4.jpeg98258F58-EE0A-4BD2-897E-DBA7100EB646.jpegCD9A622A-1D3A-4A37-AB97-FA5920159939.jpeg8F95B004-584E-4B2F-9D47-72E9D810F1C3.jpeg

Our next stop was at the ancient aqueduct that ran through Caesarea.

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Our next stop was at a monastery up on Mount Carmel. It was a beautiful view of the Valley of Megiddo. In the Old Testament this was called the Jezreel Valley. Pastor Brian challenged us with the question, do we believe that God is enough? We are learning quite a lot about the meaning of Israeli words and their significance and both the past and future meanings. 0FC1E849-A7E2-45BD-B90B-2AC7245C215D.jpeg5896F4F1-A9B9-499D-BE5E-16000C0C8517.jpeg

We ate at a small eatery owned and operated by the Druze people. Our lunch choices were schnitzel or Schwarma or falafel. I chose schnitzel in a pita.

Then we stopped at Tel Meggido and learned the story of past battles and future events in that Valley. So many battles fought in this valley and more to come.

Our next stop was at Mount Arabel, where we had an extraordinary view of the sea of Galilee. Pastor John had us draw apart and have a quiet time. Reminded us how Jesus often drew apart to pray.


Then I was very surprised that we actually drove down the mountain and took a sunset boat trip on the sea of Galilee. Look at my Facebook page to see the dance that the boat captain taught us. The name of our boat was the Promised Land. God gave us a beautiful sunset.

Our overnight will be at the Ma’agon -The same place we stayed 26 years ago. Right on the shores of Galilee. We had dinner there, another buffet. I will probably gain 100 pounds!

So I leave you with a good night and a picture of the Rose of Sharon. This flower is in bloom now as we go along the hillside of Galilee.

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Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean Sea

Met new friends, old friends

So our first real day in Israel started when we boarded the plane in New Jersey at 9 PM. We would be flying for 10 hours and landing in Tel Aviv at 2:30 this afternoon. We were served dinner and then breakfast and I must say, Wynn slept better than I did. It is no fun to be in the middle seat. Plus I was concerned that I needed to get up every two hours and walk. I think the compression socks were a good bye. So I am going to apologize in advance for some of my pictures being upside down and sideways. I have run into a glitch in some of my uploading here. I’ve tried everything to get them to straighten out but maybe were just all topsy-turvy today.Here is a map of our trip that we kept checking in as the hours flew by and we saw a purpleish sunrise. Very pretty.


Ben Gurion airport is pretty spectacular but it has very long lines to get in to get your luggage. Once we got everyone collected, we were ready to board our bus and meet our tour guide
Our tour guide is named Mickey. He said IKEA is the biggest store in Israel and we happen to see it on the way to our hotel. We are staying at a place called West Lagoon resort in the town of Netanya. What a beautiful lobby, the rooms are gorgeous, and the buffet dinner was amazing.
Saw these 2 sites as we drove along. Then before dinner, we threw on our water shoes and ran down to see the sun setting into the Mediterranean Sea. We saw a few surfers, gathered a few shells, and took a few pictures. Great way to work the kinks out after a long plane ride. And what a beautiful sunset we were treated to. What an amazing canvas!
So until tomorrow, I will say good night.

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And the Journey Begins

Let’s tour east coast before going across

So the bags are packed and ready to go. Ryan is taking us to the airport and he was on time. ????????????????

Got to the airport at 9:45 and were greeted by these happy faces. Tim and Jill Cook and Linda Varady and Jacki Hopkins.


Brian And Sharon Gardiner joined us about 15 minutes later and ourhappy group of eight we’re ready to board.
Our flight was delayed by about 30 minutes but finally we got on and had an easy flight to Charlotte, North Carolina.

This is the first blue sky we’ve seen in a few days. Flying above the clouds is always part of the trip that I like the most. So we arrived in Charlotte and then had lunch at Chick-fil-A’s and will soon be boarding to go back up north to Newark, New Jersey. I will take the crazy flying schedule because we saved $1000 on each ticket by doing it this way.
The three Grammies are already getting in trouble
Landed in Newark NJ and then had to go through another 45 minute process to get through a different security and TSA. Ready to put my feet up.
So we are on the flight to go across the big pond and I will check in with y’all tomorrow.

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Israel trip is approaching

26 years after our first trip there

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Time for a new adventure. In a week we will be boarding the plane for a return trip to Israel. Wynn and I will join 6 others from our New Community Baptist family and four friends from Myrtle Beach for this journey. We will meet up with a group from PA to take a Pilgrims Tour throughout the sites of Israel. Wynn and I went on a tour of Israel in 1994...Yep- 26 years ago. We are excited to see the sites again and notice the difference that 26 years have made. We are excited to go with new friends this year and look forward to seeing God bring amazing things to life for us again. I posted the itinerary and hope to once again upload some pics and tell some of my thoughts each day. We are busy getting suitcases and carry-on's packed. We secured our new passports a couple of months ago. We are hoping for good travels, weather and friendship. I have been working hard to get my knee and feet healthy for the hiking. The new orthotics arrived and my Merrill hiking shoes broken in. We are packing layers since the forecast is highs in the 50-60's and lows in the 40-50's. Our shoes are waterproof and we are taking raincoats too. So until Tuesday...farewell. Let the adventure begin!


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