A few details. The Sea of Galilee is 13 miles long and 8 miles across. It is 160 ft. deep. On the north west corner is a valley that comes down towards the sea. It is from here that the winds can funnel in and come up quickly blowing across the sea, causing waves of up to 10 feet high in a few hours. This corresponds with the Biblical events we know about.
Following this we went to see the mountain were Jesus spoke what is known as the sermon on the mount. It is called "The Mount of Beatitudes." This is now a catholic area and a catholic church has been build there. The grounds are kept immaculate by the nuns.
As we drove along the tour guide pointed out a dairy farm we were passing. She mentioned that as usual Israelis' once again worked at making things better than the norm. They had purchased these Holstein cows from Holland. Then had studied and changed their meal diet. This had resulted in 3 times the milk production from before. They now call these cows "Goldstiens!" Personally, I was wondering about the cows...three times more milk could be a painful experience!
Then it was time for dinner. The food is amazing. Will have some photos of that later.
The other thing is that it's just fantastic getting to know others in the tour. This tour represents people from 40 nations and it's so easy to start up a conversation since we all have this thing in common, our faith.
The weather is very hot and humid. It was over 30 degrees C. The Sea of Galilee is 650 ft. below sea level and so is in a natural basin holding the moisture in. If no wind...high heat and humidity.
We are in good spirits, sleeping well, eating well and letting the tour be our guide.