Our second day in Israel began bright and early. After eating breakfast as a group in the hotel, we boarded the bus en route for the Tel Dan Nature Reserve. There we took a peaceful walk through a scenic trail. One group broke off for a jog and was able to see the entrance and gates of an ancient city before rejoining the group. Our next stop was the Golan Heights. The road was long and winding, but allowed for plenty of pictures of the rolling landscape. We stopped at the site of an Israeli bunker where we could see the shared border with Syria. Phil taught us about the 6 day war and the current cease-fire between the two nations. The valley below us was the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) and the site of a UN training base. We also had time to meet Philippine Soldiers, buy fresh fruit from a stand and view sculptures built from war tanks.
Then we went kayaking on the Jordan River!! We split into small groups that each had their own raft. As we traveled down the river we interacted with many of the locals swimming in the river and in other kayaks. After drying off we headed back to the hotel to prepare for Shabbat. AHH SAMSON THE BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS ALMOST SHABBAT