Tonight I was wearing a hat that I bought during my first trip to Israel back in 2012. That started me thinking of where the hat was from.
During the trip we visited the fortress of Masada.
To reach the top of Masada, you have several choices. Most of our tour members opted to ride the cable cars up to the top. I joined a smaller group that wanted to follow the Snake Path to the top. You can see the Snake Path in the picture above. The path goes up the side of Masada with a vertical rise of about 400 meters.
Then the path started working up the side of Masada through some long switchbacks. It was a very hot morning and it was uphill all the way. I had water with me, but should have carried more with me than I had.
The view from the top was very rewarding though. We had a great view down on the trail and also the remains of Roman Army camps from when they had Masada under siege back in the first century.
I have been back to Masada a couple times, but since that first time I have always take the cable car to the top.