Lot's wife is a figure from the book of Genesis known for being turned into a pillar of salt as punishment for looking back upon the burning destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah even after being warned NOT to look back....hard to do when you are being expelled from your home forever...anyway here she is in all her hard rock splendor...and by the way...more
Each year in the winter (because can you imagine how hot it is in the Dead Sea in summer, spring or fall at the lowest point on earth), there is a mountain bike race...The racers take a course running through, down, up and over dry riverbeds and through salt canyons to take first place. In 2004 they also brought in some exhibition riders to show us...more
Ratna came to visit Israel from Indonesia, and we could not miss the opportunity to meet her in person, so we met her at her hotel at the Dead Sea. Up until a short time ago Indonesia would not let its nationals even visit Israel, even today it is impossible for an Indonesian to visit Israel as a single individual, they can only come on a organized...more
Flash floods in the desert are a dangerous reality. There are signs showing the depth of the flow, but few people believe the power of the running water and try to cross. Lives are lost each year.
This picture shows the damage caused by such a flash flood. Be careful.
This was one of the trickiest passages in the cave, you had to straddle the two pillars and not fall into the crack. It truly is not as steep as depicted here, but it is where that person broke their leg when they slipped.I've taken the liberty of quoting from "The Underground Atlas": At the southern end of the Dead Sea, on the long, low Mount...more
Almost all caves are the result of water flow (unless it happens to be a cave formed in a lava flow from a volcano), Malham is no different in that respect. Here we are traversing the "river bed". It is a passage for several hundred meters with a low ceiling that only the smallest of our group could crawl through, the rest of us had to slide on our...more
This is how it started, the moonlight rides at the Dead Sea...one day in the summer of 1993, we were trying to figure out how to do a ride early in the morning, but they were all too long and would drag out into the super hot heat of the summer desert. We had just about given up on finding a route when Berta, my friend Giora's wife said, "why don't...more
Way back in 1994 after many friends and I had rode the paths above the Dead Sea in the area of Sdom Mountain, I was asked to help route out a course for a race to be held in the mountains of Sdom. The route went through Nahal Praztiem and Nahal Sdom. The first picture shows the first race in 1994 with about 25-30 racers in ALL CATAGORIES (today...more
Took Meta and another friend who were visiting us down to the Dead Sea and a hike through the Nahal Pratziem Canyon, we also visited the Flour Cave that is there. We found some striking patterns in the walls of the canyon, some of them could pass for aerial photographs of a valley system.The first picture shows you the Parks Service sign that...more
On the shores of the Dead Sea you have several choices for day hikes, Nahal Pratziem is one of the most popular along with the Flour Cave that is there. This cave begins as a hole in the wall of the canyon and you can (if you have candles or a flashlight) follow it to the end where you will find this opening to the sky. At this point it is possible...more
This picture with my friend Giora graphically shows how large these formations are and also how strong they are. You do need to be careful with the thin ones so as not to break them.This photo reminded me of a song that goes "Troll sat alone on a seat of stone as he munched and mumbleded a bare old bone"....now I can't remember where I saw that...more