Friday, May 8, 2009


Sad my lovely yellow rose bush is officially dead. Rest In Peace! The bush to the right of it is also dead and there are tell tale borrow holes in the ground that spell chipmunks eating away at the roots. 

Thursday, May 7, 2009


When I was studying geography in Jr. High School I did a report on Petra the city cut out of the living rock. I was enchanted by my research and made a vow that some day some how I would go there. And I did!

My first visit to Petra was in 1999 while I was digging at Ashkelon with Harvard University. We took weekly "Tell Tours" and were hosted by the archaeologist of those digs. On week five we went to Petra in Jordan and were were the guest of Brown University who gave us a tour of their dig and some back ground of Petra. It was awesome!

In the picture below I am standing in front of the Treasury - miss named by early archaeologist. It was actually what we would call a funeral home. 
This is a close up of the top where the remains of an urn can be seen. I say remains because some people thought it contained gold coins so they shot at it hoping to break it open and let the coins spill out. Turns out it was solid rock.
I have over a thousand pictures of Petra so stand by for MORE!

Monday, May 4, 2009

American Tomb In Jerusalem

I was walking in Jerusalem on my way to the hostel where I would spend the night and discovered an old cemetery. I like checking out old cemeteries so I went in to read tombstones. The older the better for me.

I discovered this tomb of an American Missionary who died there in the 1800's and was entombed.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


King Herod Antipas built the city of Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee to win favor from the Roman Emperor Tiberias. It was a splendid resort city for the Romans as a place where they could enjoy "Roman life" without offending the local Jews. Today it is a modern city and is still a resort stop on the way through Israel.