My husband is the most amazing man!
I am starting with that because I thought I was going to die today and he completely kept me grounded and carried me through.
We climbed Masada… which was amazing and would have been easy enough if we could have ridden the cable car back down. Instead, we had to take the Snake Trail down the side.
I did not realize I was afraid of heights until today.
I love to sit in the front seat on roller coasters. I will rock the car on a ferris wheel. I have climbed to the top of sky scrapers and looked down without an issue.
This was different.
The walk up was a good workout, but easy enough to deal with the heights. The view from the top was incredible!!!
Knowing what I know now, I would have opted to come down the same side we went up, but our guide did not give that as an option.
Masada, according to Wikipedia, is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau, akin to a mesa. It is located on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea 20 km (12 mi) east of Arad. The plateau abruptly ends in cliffs steeply falling about 400 m (1,300 ft) to the east and about 90 m (300 ft) to the west, the natural approaches to the fortress are very difficult to navigate.
The cable-car was closed for renovations, so we had to hike up and down. There are two hiking paths, both very steep:
We came up the Roman Ramp and down the Snake Trail. If I had to do it again to see God’s incredible majesty from that vantage point, I would… but I would rather go via cable car next time!
To add insult to injury, we had one person in our group who had such horrible anxiety about coming down that she just flat out refused. She apparently has a weak stomach and the height made her ill. She was so adamant about not going back down the mountain that she was frozen in fear at one point. The park service ended up turning on a partially renovated cable car to get her down.
Then, another person in our group was physically not in a condition to make the trip down the cliffs. He had to be carried by different members of our group down the trail. I was embarrassed because I was too afraid to go without Jared, so his priority was getting me down safely. Once I was on fairly level ground and breathing normally, he went back up to help.
It was an eventful day!
I will add video later…