Which is actually a lake, and a kinda scummy looking lake at that. At 200 m below sea level (making it the second lowest lake in the world) it is Israel’s largest source of water. Its also famous for a variety of biblical things. The lake was the turning around point (destination I guess) on our day long road trip to pick up some geophysics equipment.
Like any good road trip, we fuelled up with a big breakfast. The difference being that in Israel, hummus was our breakfast of champions. An order of hummus comes complete with pickles, olives, curry spiced pickles, tomato, cucumber and tahini – at all times of the day. You can wash it down with coffee, which give it a bit more of a breakfast feel.
Full of hummus, we drove along the highway near the border with Jordon (down in the rift valley), which is deeper (below sea level), drier and hotter than our base near Jerusalem. Things get a bit lusher as you move northward, with the dry looking hills becoming green fields. Along the way we stopped at a crusader castle, which has a prime view over the country.
The castle was actually fairly interesting, it’s made out of massive hand carved basalt blocks and with stood attacks under siege for 2 years before the crusaders finally gave in. Of course, now its just a mere shell of what it once was…
From the castle we carried on to a kibbutz on the shore of the above mentioned sea, collected our equipment and headed back home the way we’d come. We stopped once for some coffee, and made it home in time for yet another shawarma dinner! Tomorrow its back to work, and the end of sight seeing until next weekend.