New Year’s Day 2014 was partially spent climbing Masada, an ancient fortress in the Judaean desert.
Calling this part the “Roman ramp” is a bit of a misnomer. “Ramp” usually implies something vaguely wheelchair-accessible, but this involved many stairs.
Once at the top of Masada, you could look out at the Judaean desert and the Dead Sea. Also, Jordan.
Aside from its age, Masada was like a regular museum with placards with information about the various parts of the sites.
This was an ancient mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath. The blue lines across the site marked how far it had been excavated, in which everything below the line had been initially hidden.
These columns were from the Northern Palace, largely reconstructed.
We took the Snake Path down, which consisted of treacherous stairs full of rocks. You can see that there were also cable cars available in case you didn’t want to hike back down.