Matt Watson

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Solitude on Masada

Published October 16th, 2012

It was a gloomier day. The barren Negev must have sucked some our enthusiasm out of us. Either that or we were becoming exhausted from our long days on the road. Nevertheless, Masada was our first stop this day. We hiked up adjacent to the Roman siege ramp. It was quite a hike, but it was by no means daunting by comparison to what we had done on previous days.

This day in particular seemed to stand out from the others. Perhaps it was the overcast weather that had come about. That day it stormed at the Dead Sea. A lifeless land that only manages to see less than 2 in of rain annually. Yet this day was unique, and it was rare opportunity to hear crackling thunder. But fortunately this weather didn't come about until later.

We finally made it to the top of this desert palace. We gathered and had class. Following class, we dispersed. I wandered off alone with every intention on soaking as much of the moment in as I could with all my senses that I could. I explored, took a few photos, u ...

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