First Day - Sede Boqer, Mitzpe Ramon and the way to the Dead Sea
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On the first day it was around 35 degrees celsius, so we waited till noon to do our shopping of food and drinks for the weekend (taking around 6 litres of water per person).
We drove all the way from Tel-Aviv to Sede Boqer, something like 2.5 hours, through the city of Beer-Sheva and other small farmer towns.
Our first stop was the graves of the first Israel Prime Minister - David Ben Gurion. He was a big fan of the desert and he dwelled there after he stopped being a prime minister in Israel. He believed that we should try and make the desert a place to live and this was heritage for us. His and his wife's graves are located next to a small kibutz called Sede Boqer that's stationed above a hill, just before the beginning of the nice part of the desert.
After this stop we drove to Mitzpe Ramon, which is another desert city, stationed just above one of the three craters in Israel. The craters were created around 5 million years ago, when everything was filled with water, and then the and seperated, creating the great Syrian-African rift, that left in Israel these three craters, the red sea and other areas. All the water disappeared and now when you walk there you can see a lot of shells (from 5 million years ago) and some very amazing fossils and amonites (huge sea shells fossils in the rocks).
From here we drove a bit north, passing some Beduim and Jewish villages spread around in the desert. We drove to the Dead Sea through the famous Sdom highway, which takes you from around 200 meters down to minus 270 meters, down to the lowest place on earth. We got to the Dead Sea in the dark, found some piece of land, and made dinner while suffering from a very strong and hot wind that came from the desert. We struggled with the fire (and I had some headache from the sun) but in the end we got the food ready and spent the night in the place.