On our trek north we stopped to engage the decapolis city of Bet She'an. Facing these massive ruins you can't help but say, "wow."
Their eyes danced in amazement. How often can you say, "Oh, I spent today around the Sea of Galilee." After a quick orientation they were sent off to read selected portions from the gospels. Talk about "Travel the Text," nothing like some quiet time with the Gospels as you look up and see where the stories took place along the way.
Meanwhile we visited with managers, toured the pristine property, and saw stunning cabins and suites. We loved this place. The cabin was the picture perfect of our dream home - anyone have some land we can borrow to build it?
Our goal is to always inspect and/or experience each place of lodging before bringing a group to stay there. (In fact, we are staying at a small guest house in Tiberias as I type to check out "budget-friendly" options. I like it; clean, simple, affordable.)
I didn't think you could beat our "go to" place whose simple cottages are situated right along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, but it might have happened. It's hard to say if a panoramic view is worth more than walking right up to the water, but the landscape, high class cabins, and other available service offered were at a much higher level. All that to say, if you travel with us to Galilee, you're in for an incredible treat either way!
We finished out the day going to Capernaum, a site near Tabgha, and Mount Arbel. Geoff wasn't able to join the hike as his knee has strangely flared up causing him problems - weird, and NOT a good thing. Please pray for healing for him. We still hiked a good bit, after the guys did the steep ascent, to an overlook from Mt. Arbel over the Sea of Galilee. We ended the teaching time with the opportunity to be by ourselves in this "solitary place." As the sun began to set we made it to our guesthouse in Tiberias and wen down to the promenade of Tiberias for a fun dinner and to reflect about the Sabbath's rest, as the Sabbath day began in the land of the Bible.
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