Not too far from where Jesus was baptised (maybe 6 kms?), there is the town of Jericho. Yes, that one. To the west of Jericho is the Mount of Temptation; all of this, still in the Jordan valley. On the Mount of Temptation there is a Greek Orthodox monastry, built over the cave where Jesus fasted for 40 days, before being tempted by Satan. The monastry is the Deir al-Quruntal, a name that points to the 40 days. In English it is the Monastry of Temptation.
We hiked up the mountain, following a little path, to get to this monastry, which is almost halfway up the 350m (above sea level) high mountain. Remember that the Jordan river is below sea level. This picture was taken at a vending point along the way. The houses to the left is the outskirts of Jericho and the erosion gully on the right is referred to as a wadi.
The vending point is also a rest point, when hiking. At this point, I want to point out, that I am going for my annual mountain holiday. I will be away for a week, so I will look you up, just after Easter sometimes.