Thursday, July 3, quick a.m. post

We had such a marvelous day yesterday, Wednesday. After saying goodbye to Bethlehem, we spent the day learning about the Dead Sea and the Dead Sea Scrolls. To varying degrees most of us were able to enjoy the Dead Sea’s therapeutic waters and mud at this “lowest point on earth” before heading to Jericho.  Our one-night stay at the Intercontinental Hotel has been terrific, and we leave in a few minutes.  Next we head to the Jordan River Valley, the Sea of Galilee, and our final destination, Ibillin.  We feel very safe and the guides are being extra-careful.  More later tonight (our time!)

— George White