On the way to Ginosar, we crossed the Jordan.
Yuval explained that after heavy rains, lots of water flows down from Golan in rivulets called “yuvalim”. No matter how much he said that he was named after the word for river, I couldn’t remove the image of hundreds of Yuvals wandering down to the lake.
The rock to the north of the lake is mostly basalt from the dormant volcanos in the Golan. All around the north and east of the lake, lots of bananas are grown.
They’re covered in plastic to stop them getting blemishes. When asked what’s growing, Yuval likes to reply that they’re growing “blue plastics”.
On the west side of the lake, olives are more common. They’re grown commercially for oil here. Most of the tourist shops we went in today were selling Galilee Oil.
We went to Kibbutz Ginosar, a farming kibbutz with a massive museum dedicated to a single exhibit.
This is a sycamore tree. That’s not the exhibit.
About a generation ago, two men from the kibbutz were down by the bank after a drought and found some old nails in the mud. They started digging and began to find wood. It turned out to be a fishing boat dating from the early 1st century.
After digging the boat mostly out, it was sprayed with foam to protect it as it was moved. They didn’t know how to move it otherwise without destroying it, because the wood was very soft, and for a while they were thinking about building the exhibit right there on the shore.
It was actually sailed across the lake (for the first time in almost 2000 years!) to the harbour at Ginosar. It was put in a huge tank of water with little fish to get the bugs out of the wood, and then in a tank of wax and chemicals to seal it up.
We had some time to look around the shop. It was mostly all the same “Holy Land” and “Jerusalem” stuff, as well as the aforementioned olive oil. There was a large group of Orthodox people, including nuns and monks, going through at the same time as us.
There were tiny little torot in metal tubes about 10cm tall which opened up. I couldn’t believe it was the entire torah (you know how big the first five books are, right?), but couldn’t quite communicate that comment to the assistant nearby who asked if I wanted any help. He seemed to think I thought the entire Bible was there and tried to explain to me about the three parts of the tanakh and what the torah was.