I am close to three weeks into my travels around the Middle East. In that time, I’ve been able to experience the culture in both Israel and Palestine and have met some really incredible people along the way. This post is dedicated to two crazy days spent in Jericho and the once in a lifetime experiences that ensued.
The Wadi Qelt
First, we hiked through the Wadi Qelt. We began our journey close to the city of Jerusalem and ended in Jericho. This took about 3 hours, but could have been cut to 30 minutes if we had driven… Honestly though, why drive when you could get the cutest farmers tan while trekking through magnificent canyons in the middle of the desert? I tried to capture its insane size through my camera lens, but no amount of fancy gear will be able to imitate the grandeur I experienced that day. This was also the Canyon Jesus was said to have wandered in for 40 days. I have no idea how he did it, because after 20 minutes I would have been like “okay peace out, I’ll have my angel army pick me up right here!”
The best way I can describe how far this hike was, is like this. You know how in movies like the Hobbit, the characters have to get to the top of a mountain a million miles away and at some point during their journey someone would hopefully cry, “It’s so close, I can see it!”. Then the camera pans so show that yeah, maybe they can see it, but they still have to make it over like 8 mountains and an through an ocean of monsters to get there. It was like that. Basically nature’s way of saying haha nope, I’m huge and your small and I will crush you.
At any rate, we made it. And it was an amazing experience I will never forget.
Camels in Jericho
Lets talk about camels for a minute, shall we? There is something about being in the presence of a camel that makes you feel unworthy. Like they’re better than you and they know it. I have compiled a list of 5 reasons camels are better than you and I hope you find it extremely informative.
5 Reasons Camels Are Better Than You
- They have the posture of a queen.
- Their eyelashes are crazy long and always easy breezy beautiful.
- They’re never thirsty.
- They’re always smirking, like they know something you don’t.
- They strut with a purpose.
The Dead Sea
I’ve been to some beautiful places before, but this one left me breathless. The water was a glistening mass of turquoise and just past it you could see a line of lavender mountains. At 2000 ft. below sea level, we spent an hour floating on top of the water chatting and just letting the ripples guide us. Instead of going to one of Jericho’s public beaches, we met up with a local who lead us through rocky dunes to a desolate and dreamy water front. When your hand grazed the water, the clear blue would swirl and dance into what looked like a Starry Night painting. As every beauty savvy person knows, the Dead Sea is brimming with minerals, salt, and oils that do wonders for your skin. Only just a little bit of time floating around left my skin soft and glowy. After a long hike back to civilization, we were greeted with ice coffees all around. The perfect treat to go with the hot desert sun and salt kissed skin.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into our travels, I have a film coming soon with even more adventures! Have a lovely day! xx