Sunday, May 6, 2012

To Climb Masada at Dawn


masada Israel  To Climb Masada at Dawn
The light from our Bedouin guide’s fire is burning low and I can hear the gurgling sound of his hookah in the darkness. My friend and I have long since abandoned our tent to sleep under the stars, and as a three quarter moon sags heavily in the west, there is very little between us and the Milky Way, smeared across the heavens. The wind whistles softly, luffing the edges of the tarp over the campsite…..here, somewhere in the middle of the Judean Desert, I wait to climb Masada at dawn.

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24 comments:

  1. Majestic and magical. . . .luffing the edges of the tarp . . .

    I climbed Masada at mid-day in the summer a long time ago. I remember drinking water at the top, hot from the cistern.

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    1. water, hot from the cistern. that's holy water, for sure.

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  2. amazing picture !

    please have a good week ahead.

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  3. We climbed Masada in the mid-afternoon. There was too much wind for the cable cars, so there was nothing to do but walk — up and back down.

    We were going to climb Mt. Sinai at dawn. But there was too much snow coming down that day (and the night before).

    Glad you had fun with your day break excursion.

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    1. someday i would love to climb mt. sinai. even in the snow...

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  4. Amanda this is simply beautiful and makes me want to reach for the stars and more. I don't know the story or experience of climbing Masada but in these words I'm touched by the mystical search for that something more we all hope to find in this life. Okay now, off to follow that link you invited us into.

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    1. i'm honored that this would ignite such a force in you, rubye. that mystical search you speak of resonates with me, deeply.

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  5. I am so with Rubye on this. Amanda, this was magic. I love the way you left a little bread crumb for us to follow -- and follow we have!

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    1. thanks, suze. i enjoy writing for the travel belles as well as reading the other contributor's stories.

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  6. What an incredible day that was! Such an ancient land with so many stories to tell.....we so enjoy reading them!.....a journey to bright sunlight and deep heat...love it!

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    1. as the book title says, in this part of the world, the stones do speak..

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  7. INCREDIBLE photo! i of course have just returned from your more extensive piece on the travel belles and gee whiz, amanda, the things you have seen and the heavens you have felt. and do all your friends here know that you have published in the new york times?! very proud of you, girl!!

    i can't imagine you can walk through the world without carrying the knowledge of all and ancient time. i imagine that is both a gift and a burden. and then, we have to say goodbye for now to someone we love and it all comes down to how lovingly achingly wondrously human we are, this human family we belong to

    with love
    kj

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    1. thank you kj♡ i feel lucky to be able to do this thing i love to do - and even luckier when it meets with a response such as yours

      xoxo

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  8. Amanda, I have been away a while but wanted to send love and condolences your way.

    Thank you for giving us beauty, yet again.

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    1. thank you, dear maggie. i'm so happy to hear from you - i've missed you.

      will be by soon to visit♡

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  9. What a gorgeous image and your words are so evocative. Congratulations for the feature in the online magazine! They are lucky to have your contribution. I'm back from my time offline. I've been helping my son with his college search and getting ready for all these standardized tests he has to take. I'm sure he'd sooner be out there camping in the mountains.

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    1. thank you, sarah.

      oh, that college search....i remember it like it was yesterday (which it barely was!) best of luck to your son as he navigates this road up ahead.

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  10. oh my oh my oh my. That is one place I am going to go. Yup. Lovely piece to read, so inspiring

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    1. thanks, dear mim. i do hope you are able to visit israel - and especially masada one day. it is a place that will stay with you forever.

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  11. Dear Amanda, I am back from my break and see that you are now writing for a magazine.;) Wow, impressive.;) Looking forward to read the whole piece.;)
    I am currently once again alone, as the love of my life is overseas for 4 months, 4 long months without him... But blogging will get me through some of the long wait.
    Hope all is well at your end,
    xoxo

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  12. Dear Amanda, since my days have been all the same, waking up at midnight and then at 3AM and then at 6AM because my baby boy is always hungry for milk , I´ve been so tired but when I come here I can dream a little ( awake again!) and relax, your words comfort me and the images are always amazing, so different from my everyday life ( that I also do enjoy very much, you know what I mean...)
    Thank you and Congratulations for the Magazine article !

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  13. i'm so glad that you know just how valuable this life is that you live. holy holy)))

    xo
    erin

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