Holy Land 2012

4:30 a.m. came awfully early today! But we were packed and ready to go. We met with Marge Gillis in El Cajon and left our car there, heading to the airport. The flight was delayed a little and it meant we'd not have as much time in LAX making our connection, but we were all there and boarded our El Al flight for Tel Aviv. 14 hours non-stop from LAX. It was one long, not so restful flight. It felt really good just to walk through Ben Gurion airport.ZDinner last night.

20120209-203334.jpgWe then boarded our bus for Tiberius, on the Sea of Galilee, which is 600 ft below sea level. The city was built by Herod Agrippa for the Emperor Tiberius in 22 c.e. We arrived at our hotel, got our rooms, had a wonderful dinner buffet and made our way back to our rooms for a much hoped for good nights rest. Tomorrow we head for Caesarea, Megiddo, Nazareth and Cana. I asked Bishop Swenson if she would be turning water into wine in Cana, and she mentioned that, on a previous trip the guide told her that, ironically, Cana now produces a lot of wine commercially, but it wasn't very good...Of course why would we think anyone could top the wine Jesus produced there?!Shalom from Israel

20120209-203951.jpgI was surprised that Israel looks a lot like California. Or parts of Mexico.