During November 2007 I made two trips to Ein Hatseva Israel and stayed at the archaeological park known as Biblical Tamar.
I initally spent a week there with Tom Brown & his daughter Bethany at the facility maintained by Blossoming Rose - a group which cares for
the site on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Tom & I had met a year earlier while camping at an archaeological dig in Tiberias.
He had worked at Tamar a number of times in the past and I was anxious to see it for myself.
The site is located in the Arava, off
the main road (Route 90) to Eilat, about an hour south of the Dead Sea. The border with Jordan is not much more than 5KM due east.
The "town" is called Ein Hatseva but really there's just a gas station restaurant/bus stop in
the vast desert (some would call it the middle of no-where). After you step off the Egged bus which runs between Jerusalem & Eilat
you must walk roughly a mile across the desert to get to the park.
As site caretaker, Blossoming Rose has a few caravans (house trailers) set up nearby for the occasional guest and the workers/volunteers staying there.
My initial visit with Tom and Bethany lasted about a week. During this period, we worked on various projects each day
but had plenty of time during off hours to explore the facinating landscape surrounding the park.
With the week ending I headed back to Jerusalem for Shabbat while they took off to see the Pyramids of Egypt.
A few days later they returned to Jerusalem and the 3 of us headed north by bus. We rented a car in Tiberias and
looked for a place to camp along the Kinneret (Galilee) - not finding any campgrounds open we settled on the "abondoned" beach at Sussita.
Each day we wondered if we'd be kicked out but luckily the week passed without having to relocate.
That week we traveled the north and saw much of the Golan including a number of it's archaeological sites.....this part of our
journey will be subject for another website.
Returning to Jerusalem for
Shabbat again we parted and they returned to the US. Having found Tamar such a great place, I phoned the site and asked
if I could return during the following week. I did - and had another memorable couple days.
Unfortunately, I haven't been back to Tamar......but one of these days soon I hope to stay there again.