We stopped at a beautiful 5th century monastery on the steep slopes of Wadi Kelt. A wadi is a dry river bed, and the monastery seems to hang on the slopes as if carved into the rock -- I can't adequately describe the natural beauty of this secluded spot. It was a tough walk down and a tougher walk back up, but so worth the effort. There were some friendly donkeys available for anyone too tired to make it back to the tour bus. They just added to the charm of this awesome site. The monastery is located along the old Roman route between Jericho and Jerusalem, a dangerous journey because of wild animals, including the most dangerous threat -- man. Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan farther up the route closer to Jerusalem.
Our next stop is the holy city -- Jerusalem. It is sure to be an incredible experience. The anticipation builds -- we can hardly wait.