Let's continue (from yesterday's post) looking at Kasr al Yahud.
Once you get down to the baptism site, it looks like an oasis.
But first you have to get there, and all around is desert.
Follow the signs, leave the main Jordan Valley road and head east.
Soon you see the army patrol road, a sure sign that you are nearing the border (which is the Jordan River).
Be very alert to the many "DANGER - MINES" signs.
Don't even think of leaving the paved road.
The badlands were indeed bad in the 1970s, with many terrorists coming through.
That is why the IDF laid the mines back then.
In the past few years Israel has been working hard and investing millions in order to make this Christian holy site on the River Jordan safe and comfortable for the thousands of pilgrims who want to immerse in the river.
It was just recently dedicated and is now open seven days a week.
Tomorrow I'll show you the lighter side of the site.
(The blue desert skies of May are for SkyWatch Friday.)