As we get nearer to the end of our pilgrimage, I am getting more and more anxious to be home with my family and friends. One of the nice things is that this closing part of the trip is in the rich, green area of Galilee. It isn't quite as green right now because it is the end of summer, but when the rain comes in a month or so, I am told that it gets really green through March or April when the heat kicks in and the rain stops.
Our day began on Mt. Tabor, the place where it is said that Jesus was transfigured with Elijah and Moses while James, John and Peter watched on. We went up some pretty precarious switchbacks - it is an amazing ride to the top, and I am sure that one of the reasons these three were the only ones that made the journey up was the guys like Matthew - who had a desk job, tax collector - couldn't make the trip up.
We also went to both Nazareth (picture below is of the Basilica of the Annunciation) and Cana. It was a beautiful day to see the sights.
We topped the day off with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee - which is really more like a medium sized lake, much much smaller than Erie! After posting, I realized that the breeze is showing the bottom of my belly! Slightly embarassing.
It was very relaxing. There was a group of German tourists who were listening to the reading of the story of Jesus walking on water and singing a song in German in the lower part of the boat, so we got the upper part to ourselves. I just had to take this picture:
A chance to relax on the Sea of Galilee with my feet - shoes covered in dust from two weeks of walking around the Holy Land - up on the bench. This picture tells a lot. Shalom and Salem.